Philippine Track and Field Association (Patafa) President Go Teng Kok said that the country has a big chance to regain its athletics glory in Southeast Asia despite the emergence of powerhouse Thailand.
“I want to have a better legacy once I leave this sport [athletics]and that’s to regain our dominant status over Thailand in the Southeast Asian region. Our athletes and coaches are working very hard to give glory to our country that’s why we officials are also doing our best for them,” said Go, who plans to retire this year as Patafa president because of health reasons.
He added that he hopes that the Philippines would improve the six gold, four silver and three bronze medals finish in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games in December.
Thailand dominated the biennial meet with 107 gold, 94 silver and 81 bronze medals.
Go said that his fellow athletics officials led by former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Philip Ella Juico that is set to succeed him as Patafa chief, are doing their best to give Philippine tracksters the support they deserved.
Go, the Patafa head for the last two decades added that they are fielding Philippine athletes to various overseas competitions and training camps this year.
Go and Juico recently met with International Association of Athletics Federation Senior Vice President Sergey Bubka of Ukraine to discuss how Filipino tracksters can train in Italy.