THE country’s young athletes would do well to heed the call of neophyte Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to stay away from shabu and other habit-forming substances.
Go warned the athletes that drugs will destroy their lives, adding : “Huwag po kayong tumikim ng droga. Kayo ang future natin. Kapag pumasok kayo diyan…sira na ang inyong pamilya.”
He issued the call and warning in a speech during the opening of the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy 2019 National Championships being held in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.
Participating in the August 25-September 1 sports tournament are students and out-school-youth aged 15 years and below, according to Go, a former Special Assistant to the President.
Go told the young athletes that the government is committed to improve further our sports development program as a way to develop the youngsters into productive citizens.
A close associate of President Duterte, Go had earlier filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 397, which calls for the establishment of the National Academy of Sports for High School (NASHS).
The NASHS will be set up at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, where the government is currently building a 50-hectare sports complex that boasts of a national sports training center.
To be supported by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the proposed high school is meant to help develop world-class Filipino athletes.
Like other sports-loving Filipinos, we cannot overemphasize the importance of building the NASHS because this impoverished nation is still aching to have its first Olympic gold medal.