Former senator Nikki Coseteng has been named the country’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies of the prestigious 2015 Summer World University Games scheduled on July 3 to 14 in Gwangju, South Korea.
“It’s a great honor to have been chosen to be the flag bearer for the Philippine participants and delegates to the very prestigious Universiade 2015. As recognition for my humble contribution and crusade to democratize Philippine sports, I pray that this year and in the coming years, no athlete will ever be discriminated against and barred from participating in the Universiade by their coaches, and colleges and universities like what we’ve experienced in 2013,” said Coseteng.
The World University Games—the biggest sporting event for student-athletes—will be participated by more that 170 countries in 21 disciplines.
“I look forward to having open tryouts. Meaning, open to all qualified athletes without discrimination. I hope to live to see the day when we are able to put an end to all elements contributing to the death rather than grassroot development and motivation and support rather than stagnation and destruction of athletes in the Philippines,” stressed Coseteng.
The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will send the biggest delegation to give opportunities to young and talented swimmers to experience a world-class competition, according to PSL president Susan Papa.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we want them to experience this whole thing, learn from it and share it to their families, friends and fellow athletes,” said Papa.
The Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap) appointed Coseteng as the flag bearer “for her courageous fight against corruption in Philippine sports and unequivocal support to the Filipino youth.”
A simple turnover ceremony of the Philippine Flag will be held on February 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club building in Intramuros, Manila.
It will be headed by Col. Ariel Querubin, who was the flag bearer for the Philippine delegation during the 2013 edition held in Kazan, Russia.
David Ong, the Fessap president, will announce the designation of the Philippine Flag bearer along with Philippines’ Head of Delegation Sen. Antonio Trillanes, and Deputy Angel Ngu, the Executive Vice President of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc.