• Sports potent tool vs drugs – Ramirez

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    Sports could serve as a tool in solving the problem of illegal drugs in the country, according to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez on Friday.

    “We can use sports as a vehicle to solve the problem of drugs and even to inspire young people to study,” he said.

    Ramirez said that some local government units (LGUs) voiced out their concerns, having unclear programs and insufficient fund for sports. “That’s why Philippine Sports Commission is bound to help them,” he added.

    By seeing the support of the LGUs, the national sports associations (NSAs), and the Department of Education (DepEd), the PSC chairman said that the two-day national consultative meeting on the development plan for Philippine sports and the creation of Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) was “very inspiring.”

    “They inspired us that by putting up a strong grassroots sports program, by establishing the Philippine Sports Institute which will realize a genuine grassroots sports program to the communities is very important to strengthen the elite athletes pool.”

    He also emphasized that the PSI is the missing link in the development of Philippine sports.

    “We need sports sciences, scientific training of our athletes from the grassroots. Without this, it will be difficult for us to compete in international sports. To produce champion, you need science in the training, you need foreign exposure, you need love and care from the sports administrators so these are vital components to produce potential gold medalists.”

    The PSI will be launched on January 1, 2017 and will be located at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

    “The remaining three months this year is like icing of the cake. All we want to do is sign a MOA (memorandum of agreement) with local government units for its regional training center,” said Ramirez.

    The PSC will work together with LGUs and the DepEd and will assign coordinators in every training center. Ramirez said that regional training centers would not succeed without the help of LGUs.

    Ramirez also said that national training director Marc Edward is in-charge of supervising the sports development program in the different parts of the country.

    REALYN STEVENS

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