Aug 03, 2022

Go seeks ways to support Gilas, ensure competitiveness and welfare of Pinoy athletes

SEN.. Christopher "Bong" Go has filed Senate Resolution No. 83 seeking ways to support Gilas Pilipinas and ensure its optimal performance in future international competitions.

Go, a sports enthusiast himself, noted the clamor from Gilas fans for the team to receive more support in order to improve the Nationals' performance.

At the same time, the legislator reiterated the pressing need to "revisit sports-relevant laws and policies" and "review any related measures that will ensure the competitiveness and welfare of Filipino athletes."

"Titignan natin kung paano tayo makakatulong na palakasin pa lalo ang ating sports programs lalo na sa basketball na hilig talaga ng mga Pilipino. For so many years, our national teams have brought pride and honor to our country. So we want to make sure we can keep on improving," said Go, who will continue to serve as chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports.

Aside from Go, the said resolution was also introduced by Senators Mark Villar, Francis Tolentino, Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate Majority Floor Leader Joel Villanueva.

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"Bilang mambabatas, nais nating pag-usapan kasama ang mga manlalalaro, organizers, coaches at sports officials kung paano makakatulong ang gobyerno sa ating iisang hangarin na magtagumpay sa international competitions," he clarified.

The Senate inquiry came on the heels of Gilas' string of setbacks internationally.

Last May, heavily-favored Gilas failed to win its 14th consecutive gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam. Last month, the squad missed out on the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia.

Gilas is now gearing up for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers window against Lebanon and Saudi Arabia set later this month, with PBA players expected to join NBA player Jordan Clarkson in the roster.
The team's end goal is of course the FIBA World Cup tournament that the country is co-hosting in August next year. (OL)