For former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Harry Angping the poor performance of Philippine athletes in the last Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar has nothing to do with money.
Instead, Angping, who was PSC chairman from 2009 to 2010, blamed the dismal seventh place finish of the country in the Games was due to “ineffective” sports leaders.
“The PSC keeps telling there’s only a small budget for the athletes. That’s not true because they have plenty of money right now and you can quote me on that,” Angping said.
He said the PSC under Chairman Richie Garcia draws P70 million a month or P840 million a year from the Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).
“Money is not the reason for our worst finish,” he said.
The Philippines finished with 29 gold medals, 34 silvers and 38 bronze medals the Myanmar Games.
Angping also blamed Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco Jr. for playing politics.
Garcia admitted that the PSC was receiving P70 million Pagcor, but said it was not enough to support the entire national sports program.
JOSEF T. RAMOS