CARRYING the momentum of the Filipino athletes’ superb performance in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games, the chairman of the House committee on youth and sports development yesterday expressed confidence the country will finally snatch the elusive gold in the coming XXXII Olympiad which will be held in Tokyo, Japan, August this year.
Having the biggest medal haul of the said biennial regional multi-sport event that the country hosted last year, Valenzuela City Rep. Eric Martinez, panel chairman, said the Philippine delegation in Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be in high spirit, greatly motivated, and would no doubt give their best shot to grab the gold medal honor.
Martinez added that having President Rodrigo Duterte as their number one fan and “great supporter”, the solid backing of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Cavite Congressman and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Butch Ramirez, and the whole country cheering, Filipino athletes competing in the 32nd edition of the summer games are all eyes on the gold medal.
He delivered a privilege speech before Congress went on a holiday break as his way of giving tribute to the athletes who contributed in giving the Philippines the top overall finish in the 30th SEA Games, and the record high 149 gold medals.
“Give me the numbers and let the numbers do the talking: 387 medals, 149 golds, 117 silvers, 121 bronze, the biggest gold medal haul in the history of Philippine sports,” Martinez said in the opening statement of his 28-minute privilege speech.
After this, he named all the athletes awarded with gold, silver, and bronze medal as the Valenzuela City congressman likewise honored and congratulated the coaches and trainers who were also behind the victory of their players.
“Mr. Speaker, for God, flag and country, NSA’s all coaches, trainers, volunteers, the BCDA, POC, headed by our dear comrade Congressman Bambol Tolentino, PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez and Commissioners, PHISGOC, our Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, you nailed it. We nailed it as a nation,” Martinez continued.
Martinez added the 30th SEA Games “is the best games ever hosted by our country” as he was able to watch the 1991 and 2005 editions that the Philippines also hosted.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the number one sports patron, our number one sports fan, and Senator Bong Go, you nailed it. We nailed it as a nation,” Martinez said as he credited the chief executive’s support as the main reason on the country’s successful hosting of the SEA Games.
“And finally, onwards to Hanoi, 2021; to Tokyo, 2020 and let the gains and momentum of Philippine sports from the Southeast Asian Games be carried on as we move forward, as we seek the first Olympic gold of this nation. Mabuhay ang bansang Pilipinas. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino,” Martinez concluded.