BUOYED by its tremendous success this year, Go for Gold will continue its role to promote sports development through sponsorships of select sports where Filipinos can truly excel.
Powerball Vice President for Marketing Jeremy Go assured his company’s wholehearted support to several sports as he underscored the need for more financial and moral assistance from the private sector to help the athletes in their efforts to bring honors to the country.
“Our company, Go for Gold will continue our role to help in the promotion of sports in the country, especially those we have identified as potential sources of gold medals,” said Go during the wekly “Usapang Sports” presented by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club Bldg. in Manila last Thursday.
A former cyclist himself, Go said there are a lot of young and talented athletes who are capable of bringing honors to the country with proper training and right motivation.
“Maraming magagaling, maraming talentadong mga atleta sa iba’t ibang sports. Kailangan lamang nating linangin at pag-ibayuhin ang kanilang mga training dito at sa labas ng bansa,” Go told sportswriters from the leading tabloids in the country.
Go claimed that government support, like the one coming from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is needed to spur sports development.
“We admit that PSC’s support is vital to sports development. Pero alam din natin na hindi lang gobyerno ,kundi pati private sector ang kailangang kumilos,” added Go, who was accompanied in the forum by coach Ednalyn Hualda.
Go recalled that Go for Gold’s support in sports started when several friends approached him for assistance in their competitions abroad.
“We started in cycling. And now we’re trying to help in other sports as well,” said Go.
Among the NSAs which have benefited from Go for Gold are the Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragonboat Federation (PCKDF), headed by Jonne Go, and Philippine Sepak Takraw Association, Inc. (PSTA),led by Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.
“In PCKDF’s case, we supported their women’s team which competed in the prestigious 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships in Gainesville, Georgia last September. And I was told most of the gold medals came from mixed competitions where the women competed,” added Go.
The Go for Gold-supported sepak takraw team also brought home a silver and three bronze medals in 2018 King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships in Nakhon Rachasima, Thailand.
Hualda, on the other hand, said Go for Gold is now working closely with PhilCycling, heded by Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, for sponsorship of several junior competitions aimed at discovering fresh and young talents.