They’re both coming off horrible defeats, with the Filipinos absorbing a 67-126 shellacking from Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Serbia and the Angolans getting a 61-92 whipping from Italy on Monday night at the GBA International Sports and Cultural Center.
“Sobrang proud ako kasi nga, for me sila ‘yung maglalaro for the next generation. So nakikita ko na, ‘pag ganyan ‘yung nilalaro nila natutuwa ako,” Guiao told Filipino sportswriters after the Gilas-Serbia game on Monday night.
Unless Nikola Jokic and Co. play blindfolded, or fall terribly ill before tip-off, or suddenly take the first available plane back to beautiful Serbia instead of proceeding to the venue, there’s no way Gilas Pilipinas can beat the Serbians tonight.
But the President is right when he said the Filipinos will need more than luck and prayers to hurdle the 13th-ranked Italians, who are expected to be represented by a team built around NBA veterans Danilo Galinari of the Oklahoma Thunder and Marco Bellineli of the San Antonio Spurs.
Disputing the top post in the country’s highest governing Olympic body are Philip Ella ‘Popoy’ Juico of track and field and Rep. Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino of cycling and chess, both old hands whose first order of business once elected is to make sure the 30th Southeast Asian Games will be a success.
But barely 16 months after taking his oath as head of the highest Olympic body in local sports, Vargas has resigned, a decision that could somehow hamper for the nth time the country’s preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games set this December.
FED UP with a certain group which “sees me an interloper and an outsider,” Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas yesterday cracked the whip, removing several officials from key committees led by the man he beat in a hotly-contested election in the country’s governing body in sports last year.
The law was signed by the president “to promote and develop sports in the country, to achieve excellence in international sports competitions, to ensure success in the country’s quest to achieve competitiveness in the Olympic Games and to promote international amity among nations.”
SAYING he feels young at the age of 40, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring today to fight American challenger Adrien Broner in a bout he wants to win like crazy as he eyes another crack at Floyd Mayweather, Jr.