• Ramirez to meet NSAs officials today

    SC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    SC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will meet with top officials of national sports associations (NSAs) today at the Kachina Room of the Century Park Sheraton Hotel in Malate to discuss its program for the next six years.

    PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez is expected to push for stricter rules on the disbursement of funds to the different NSAs.

    An earlier proposal entails requiring all athletes and NSAs to sign a contract obliging them to deliver good results in all international competitions.

    There are at least 40 NSAs that are regular members of the Philippine Olympic Committee, six associate members and seven recognized members.

    Ramirez is also set to examine the short term, medium and long-range programs of the different NSAs. He will also require the NSAs to submit the list of their respective athletes and the record of their performances in competitions local and abroad.

    “They (athletes) are receiving money from the government. So, they have to deliver or else we will not provide financial assistance,” Ramirez said.

    He said that newly designated national training director Marc Velasco would strictly monitor the training and performances of athletes.

    Velasco, a former official of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, was responsible for steering the Hong Kong cycling team to a bronze medal finish during the 2012 London Olympics.

    Ramirez also aims to fix leadership discord within a number of NSAs among them swimming, karatedo, lawn tennis, volleyball and baseball.


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