The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will induct 17 sports luminaries into the Sports Hall of Fame when the PSC holds its 26th anniversary on Monday at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.
The list of inductees includes Haydee Coloso-Espino, Jacinto Cayco, Mohammad Mala and Gerardo Rosario for swimming, and late cager and coach Edgardo Ocampo as well as Mariano Tolentino and Kurt Bachmann.
Asia’s first chess Grandmaster Eugene Torre will also be included alongside weightlifter Salvador del Rosario, shooters Martin Gison and Adolfo Feliciano, lawn tennis players Raymundo Deyro, Johnny Jose and Felicisimo Ampon, and tracksters Mona Sulaiman, Ino¬cencia Solis and Isaac Gomez.
The members of the Hall of Fame are sports personalities that have represented and brought glory to the country in international competitions from 1924 to 1974.
The Philippine Sports Hall of Fame was created through Republic Act 8757 enacted on November 25, 1999.
Candidates to the Sports Hall of Fame shall be limited to Filipino athletes, coaches and trainers who have distinguished themselves in local and international sports competitions and who possess character and integrity.
In the case of athletes, they must at least be a gold medalist in any Southeast Asian Games, a silver medalist in any Asian Games or Asian Cup or regional games, a bronze medalist in any Olympic or World Games, or a world champion in any professional or amateur sports competition.
According to PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia, they are trying to look for 20 athletes to be nominated this year but only 17 met the qualifications.
The first batch of inductees entered the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 according to the PSC.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID