INTERNATIONAL boxing icon Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao called on Filipinos to stop the bashing and instead lend support to the country’s athletes so that they can harvest medals during the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games.
Pacquiao made the call on Tuesday as he pointed out that any investigation of the alleged failure of organizers to take care of athletes from other countries should be done after the tournament so as not to distract Filipino athletes. He said he would join any probe to be undertaken after the Games.
“If we talk about problems, our athletes will be distracted. I plead with our countrymen to support our athletes as they bring pride to the country,’’ he said amid scathing criticisms on the snafus in connection with the accommodation of foreign athletes.
Pacquiao told Senate reporters that he visited the sports facilities at the New Clark City and interacted with athletes from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Cambodia.
He said the foreign athletes had no complaints about their accommodation, food and training facilities.
The world-class sports facilities in New Clark City impressed the senator.
Pacquiao will lead the ceremonial lighting of the SEA Games cauldron in New Clark City to mark the opening of the games on November 30.
Aside from the sports facilities, a polyclinic of the Philippine General Hospital satellite for Sports Medicine and Wellness was also built to provide free medical and health care services to athletes participating in the SEA Games.
The PGH Polyclinic will be equipped with a 24-hour Emergency Room Facility, Primary Care and Sports Medicine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Imaging Center (X-ray and Ultrasound), Diagnostic Laboratory and Pharmacy during the games.