Del Rosario tells feuding NSA heads: Stop bickering

January 10, 2019
Monsour del Rosario, Ed Andaya, Eric Buhain and Pinky Brosas
SEA Games chef de mission Monsour del Rosario (left) gives an update on the country’s preparations during the fifth TOPS “Usapang Sports" at the National Press Club. With him are TOPS president Ed Andaya of People's Tonight, Eric Buhain and coach Pinky Brosas. Photo by Genie Villota

STOP bickering and start thinking of the gold  medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

This was the advise of 2019 SEAG chef de mission Monsour del Rosario as he urged fellow sports officials and athletes to set aside their differences and work together to ensure the country’s success in the biennial competition scheduled in Manila, Subic and Clark on Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

“The Filipino athletes are talented enough to be the best in Southeast Asia, but we still have a lot of work  to do  to win the gold medals,” said  Del Rosario during the fifth “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOP) at the National Press Club in  Intramuros, Manila  yesterday.

“As host nation, we have to do our best to win as many gold medals as possible,” added Del Rosario, who bagged several medals for the  country in the SEA Games, Asian Games and World Championships from 1982 to 1989.

The 53-year-old taekwondo champion said  he  hopes to duplicate, if  not surpass, the country’s  historic 19 th-place finish in the  2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games  (AIMAG)  held in Turkmenistan  where he also served as  chef de mission.

The country brought home two golds, 14 silvers and 14 bronzes  while competing  in 17 of 21 sports in the AIMAG.

“In the  AIMAG, I  was given a free hand to call the shots for the 105-strong Filipino delegation. Like a war general, I planned the  strategy for the team, worked with the coaches and athletes and even stayed with  them at the Athletes  Village. It  worked  to perfection,” explained  Del Rosario, also known in the  local and sports circle  as  “Mr. Taekwondo.”.

The well-known athlete-turned-pubic servant from Makati hopes to get the same support from both the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee  (POC) in the coming SEA Games “not only to make his job easier but boost the Filipinos’ chances of winning.”

Del Rosario revealed that he has already recommended long-time friend  and  fellow   taekwondo champion Stephen Fernandez, former  national rugby  player Ada Milby and Netball Philippines president  Charlie Ho to join him as  SEA Games deputy chef de mission.

“I think the POC Board has already approved my recommendation to add Stephen (Fernandez) and Charlie (Ho),” said Del Rosario.

The POC has yet to decide on Milby, the first female member of the World Rugby Council and younger sister of actor Sam Milby.

“With some events to be held in Subic and Clark, I need these three officials to work with me in the SEA Games. I know both Stephen  and  Charlie personally, whiIe I heard that Ada is a hard -working,  result-oriented individual even  during  her time as player of the  national rugby team.”       

Del Rosario was joined  in the weekly sports forum by former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman  Eric  Buhain and former national  swimming coach Pinky Brosas.

The  “Usapang Sports” is a weekly  public  service program organized  by  the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS), headed by Ed Andaya of People's Tonight, and supported by the National Press Club (NCP), led by Rolando “Lakay” Gonzalo and   Paul Gutierrez..

The  other  TOPS   officers   are Dennis   Eroa   of  Inquirer/Bandera and  Beth Repizo of Pilipino  Ngayon,  vice-presidents;   Edwin  Rollon   of  Balita, secretary;   Nympha   Miano-Ang of Bulgar,  treasurer;   Enjel   Manato  of  Abante, auditor;  and  Fred   Nasiad  of   Bandera,  Rico  Navarro of   Remate,   Jeff V enancio  of  Police Files,  Ferdz de los Santos of Abante Tonite,  Jesse Ong of Business Monitor ,  Clyde  Mariano of Pilipino  Mrrror  and  Danny Simon   of HOY   Magazine, directors.