EDDIE G. ALINEA

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If the Philippines’ campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games is built around the 29 gold medals the Filipino athletes won the last time around two years ago, it looks like the 497-athlete the country is sending to Kuala Lumpur will be hard-pressed to meet the goal projected by their…

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Sports, after all, is in the priority list of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. This, Foreign Affairs Secretary Peter Cayetano assured yesterday when he announced that the Philippines is pushing through with the hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games two years from now. “This is an answered prayers. Glory to God,”…

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“Good luck. Do your best and keep the flame of sportsmanship, friendship and the ideals for which the Southeast Asian Games was founded afloat.” This was the message the country’s sports leaders imparted to the Filipino athletes, officials and members of the Philippine delegation that will carry the country’s colors…

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Reviving the glory days the Filipino gymnasts enjoyed in the Southeast Asian Games since the country first took part in the 1977 will be the target of this year’s gymnastics team in the 29th edition of the biennial conclave starting August 19-30 in Kuala Lumpur, It was in the 10th…

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When the Filipino athletes plunge into action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games a week from now, they will, actually, be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the country’s admission to the athletic aggrupation of the now 11-nation conclave. The Philippines, along with Indonesia, was admitted into the Southeast Asian Games…

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No, the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) two years from now is not dead yet. This, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and Philippine Sports Commission chair William “Butch” Ramirez assured Thursday night during the send off ceremony for the national contingent to the 29th…

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I must have spoken too soon. A few weeks ago, I wrote a story on President’s Duterte’s first 100 years in office to the effect that winds of change finally beacons for Philippine sports following six years of neglect under the watch of former Chief of State Benigno Simeon Aquino…

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President Rodrigo Duterte wasn’t there Thurday night during the send off ceremonies for members of the national delegation who will carry the country’s colors in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games set August 19 to 30 at the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. But this did not diminish the spirit and…

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“It’s in the blood.” This was how Rodolfo “Totoy” Tingzon, acknowledged as the father of youth baseball development in the country, described the rise of his young, 15-year-old Fil-Am grandson Blake as an up-and-coming star in the American gymnastics scene. Blake is the eldest of the brood of three of…

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If the Philippines’ runner up finish in the 23rd edition of the Southeast Games in 1991 was a “miracle,” its overall championship triumph in 2005 was a “blessing.” Thus wrote one veteran sports journalist following the Filipino athletes, 742 of them, humbled the opposition in spectacular fashion, winning 113 gold…

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