IN line with its goal to lay down a comprehensive program for sports development, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will hold the second National Consultative Meeting among sports stakeholders from September 22 to 23 at the Philsports Arena Multi-Purpose Hall in Pasig City.
Among those invited are local government units (LGU), major athletic associations, the different national sports associations (NSAs), the Senate Committee on Sports, Congress Committee on Youth and Sports Development and partner national government agencies of the Commission.
“Among the important things to be taken in the gathering is to roll out the calendar of sports activities, to discuss the development plan for Philippine sports and to present the set-up of the Philippine Sports Institute,” PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said.
Meanwhile, Ramirez designated Marc Velasco, a former official of the Hong Kong Sports Institute as national training director.
Velasco, who once steered the Hong Kong cycling team to a bronze medal finish in the 2012 Olympiad in London, will supervise the training of the country’s elite athletes.
“These athletes are receiving money from the government. It is also our duty to see to it that they (athletes) should perform. Anyone who doesn’t deliver–then we will stop funding. We, in the PSC is accountable to the public because it’s the taxpayers’ money that is being used to finance their training,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez said that all athletes and national sports association would be asked to sign a contract, stating their responsibility to deliver results.
“If they (athletes and NSAs) will not sign the contract, then there will be no allowances for them,” Ramirez added.