Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said that he plans to double the budget of cooperating national sports association (NSA) so that their athletes could perform better in international competitions.
“All the NSA’s who visited us, we encourage them to prepare a program together with their members and we will double their budget,” the 66-year old Ramirez said.
Ramirez said that he is pertaining to NSAs that are willing to work toward President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision of unifying the Philippine sports community and producing world-class athletes.
Ramirez also issued a warning toward hardheaded NSAs.
“You can go on your own. After all, we cannot interfere into your domain,” added Ramirez.
Ramirez said that winning a medal in the Olympics is something Filipinos should expect and not only dream about.
“If we would like to win medals in the Olympics, we just don’t dream and hope—we should expect to get medals.”
“But when we expect to get medals we need to provide the basic things that our athletes need,” he said.
Ramirez said that he is pertaining to basic necessities like clothing, shelter, nutrition, international exposure, scientific training as well as good coaches.
“In case that we don’t have these things, we continue to dream.”
Ramirez stressed that whatever money the PSC has will be used for the country’s preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We should know how many athletes should go to Tokyo and not awaiting for those who will qualify,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez believes that Rio Olympics weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is capable of winning a gold medal for the Philippines in the 2020 Tokyo Games, provided she is given everything she needs to prepare for the competition..
“We will take good care of Hidilyn,” Ramirez concluded.
The PSC will conduct a consultative meeting on September 1 to 2 to draft a master plan for the planned Philippine Sports Institute.