THE first-ever “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) will be held this Thursday (Nov. 22) with no less than Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra as special guests.
Venue of the weekly sports forum, set at 10 a.m., will be at the National Press Club Bldg. along Magallanes Drive , Intramuros.
Both Ramirez and Mitra, who head the two government sports agencies under the Office of the President, will talk about the hottest issues in local sports.
Ramirez will discuss the PSC\s participation in the different sports activities held this year, as well as its plans for the coming year.
High on the agenda is the PSC's role in the hosting of the Southeast Asian Games next year and the Tokyo Olympics.
Mitra, on the other hand, will talk about the r ecently-concluded World Boxing Council (WBC) 3rd Women's Convention and Asian Summit, which was hosted by the country thru GAB last Nov. 16-19.
The three-time lawmaker from Palawan will also discuss the soon-to-be created Philippine Boxing Commission, whose establishment was already approved in the Senate, and the agency's huge increase in revenue.
Also attending is WAP president Alvin Aguilar, who will report on the successful hosting of 2018 Southeast Asian Wrestling and Grappling Championship held in San Pablo City where the Philippines dominated the event.
TOPS is headed by veteran sports editor Ed Andaya of People’s Tonight.
The other officers are Matias Dennis Eroa of PDI-Bandera, (VP Internal), Beth Repizo of Pilipino Star Ngayon (VP External), Enjel Manato of Abante (auditor) and Edwin Rollon of Balita (secretary).
Board members are Frederick Nasiad of Bandera, Mae Balbuena of PM, Enrico Navarro of Remate, Jeff Venancio of Police Files, Danny Simon of HOY, Clyde Mariano of Pilipino Mirror and Jesse Ong of Market Monitor.
TOPS is organizing the weekly event with the help of the National Press Club (NPC) and Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA)