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Coronavirus hampers Philippine hosting of ASEAN football tournament

In a statement published Wednesday on the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) website, the AFF announced the postponement of several competitions scheduled for the next four months......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMar 26th, 2020

Badminton Asia Championships 2020 suspended due to COVID-19

The Badminton Asia Championships 2020 has been suspended by the sports' governing body due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in Wuhan, China but was moved to Manila, Philippines, was supposed to take place from April 21-26, 2020. However, the rapid spread of the virus has forced the Badminton World Federation to suspend all its remaining tournaments for the next two months. "The health, safety, and well-being of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remain as the top priority," BWF's statement read. Also postponed were the Thomas and Uber Cup, the European Championships, Pan Am Individual Championships, Croatian International, and Peru International  -- all pivotal meets for badminton players trying to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Philippine Badminton Association was awarded the hosting of the singles Asian Championships after successfully hosting the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila last February......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

ABAP closely monitoring pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan ahead of Olympic qualifier

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan, China following an outbreak of pneumonia just weeks ahead of the Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Ed Picson, secretary-general of ABAP, said those from the host city and the participating countries are keeping their fingers crossed before the event is held Feb. 3 to 14. Picson told the PSA Forum at Amelie Hotel Manila on Tuesday that apprehensions remain despite a letter they received on Monday from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Boxing Task Force, saying, “no travel restrictions and extra measures are needed.” The IOC letter also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined that “China has strong public health capacities and resources to respond and manage respiratory disease outbreaks,” and that the WHO does not recommend measures for travelers to Wuhan, which is 1,152 kms north of Beijing. Picson said a couple of countries have expressed willingness to take over the hosting of the Olympic qualifier, including Thailand and even the Philippines, which recently hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games. “With our recent hosting of the SEA Games, we have the mechanics in place,” said Picson. However, he doubted if China would give up the hosting since it has other venues nationwide that can stage the multi-nation event. Chinese authorities have ruled out any relation to the deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and MERS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to the new type of coronavirus that has struck Wuhan, as well as human-to-human contact as a way of transmitting the disease. If the event pushes through in Wuhan, Picson said the Philippine delegation would still take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its boxers and officials. Picson said ABAP would field as many as eight boxers to the Asia and Oceania qualifiers, including five male and three female boxers, most of them gold medal winners in the recent SEA Games. They include entries in the men’s 52 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg and 75 kg divisions, and the 51 kg, 57 kg and 69 kg in the women’s side. Picson said the Asia and Oceania qualifiers is the best way for Filipino boxers to qualify to this year’s Olympics because of the number of slots being offered. In the men’s 52 kg, 57 kg and 63 kg and women’s 51 kg, six slots are at stake, including the four semifinalists and the two boxers that will lose to the eventual gold and silver medalists. The rest of the divisions will offer five slots to Tokyo. For those who fail in Wuhan and the three other continental qualifiers (the Africas, Americas and Europe), the World qualifying tournament in Paris in May will be their last chance.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Pacquiao, Yulo vie for Sportsman of the Year in 5th SPIA Asia

Aside from the 30th Southeast Asian Games which formally opens this Saturday at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, the Philippines is hosting another big sporting event. Representatives from the LaLiga football tournament and some of its member clubs, including Valencia CF, RCD Mallorca and R. Valladolid CF, will take part in the 5th Sports Industry […] The post Pacquiao, Yulo vie for Sportsman of the Year in 5th SPIA Asia appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

Nationals brace for tough rematch against Vietnam

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team hopes to capitalize on its home court advantage and with Vietnam missing the services of its main scorer as the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix kicks off Friday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Sports Complex in Laguna. Carrying the momentum of its bronze medal finish in the first leg of the four-nation tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand, the Filipinas will try to duplicate its conquest of the Vietnamese in their scheduled 3:00 p.m. showdown. The match will be available via iWant and livestream (Philippines only). Livestream abroad is available via TFC.tv. Team captain Aby Marano sees the support of the home crowd as a big morale boost for the squad seeking to surpass its finish in the opening leg.  “Oo, kasi ang sarap maglaro na may sumisigaw sa’yo eh. Iba kasi dun sa Thailand kaunti lang ang Pilipino. Iba kasi yung may sumisigaw, tinatawag ang pangalan mo kasi nakaka-add ng confidence and morale yun,” said Marano. The Nationals are also looking to exploit the absence Vietnamese top hitter Thi Thanh Thuy Tran, who is currently training with her club in the Japan V. Premier League, though the Filipinas themselves lost two key players.      “Sa tingin ko malaking bagay din yun pero kasi nawalan din kami ng players like Alohi (Robins-Hardy) and Kalei (Mau). For sure another challenging match for us,” Marano said. “We’re not taking it as wala si T4 magiging complacent kami, we’re gonna take it na mas ma-inspire kami to play our A-game.” Vietnam coach Tuan Kiet Nguyen knows that their rematch against the Philippines will be tougher.     “The Philippine team now improved a lot. We lost the match in Thailand two weeks ago, but in this tournament, we're still not confident because one of our players cannot play here,” he said. Replacing Mau, who suffered an Achilles injury, and Robins-Hardy, who had trouble securing a Philippine passport, are Grethcel Soltones and Jasmine Nabor.     Alyssa Valdez, who skipped the Thailand edition because of an ankle injury, will make her debut for the Nationals in the tournament that serves as test event for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. First leg Best Middle Blocker award winner Majoy Baron, skipper Aby Marano, Ces Molina, Mylene Paat, Roselyn Doria, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili are back for another tour of duty. Also making their return are Maddie Madayag, setter Jia Morado, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2019

SEA GAMES: Phisgoc, LVPI to sit down on hosting ASEAN Grand Prix leg

It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.   Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara will sit down with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. to discuss the country’s possible hosting of the second leg of the planned inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix. Suzara, who is also the chairman of the powerful marketing and development committee of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, told ABS-CBN Sports that Phisgoc is planning to use the four-nation tournament hosting as one of the eight test events for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The ASEAN Grand Prix is tentatively scheduled late next month or early October. “We will ask LVPI to use the ASEAN Grand Prix as test event for volleyball because it involves four countries,” said Suzara on Thursday. “This is also the request from the Asian Volleyball Confederation. We will call on LVPI to consider doing a test event.” The official added that it is a good opportunity to expose the national women's team against squads from Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia and at the same time serve as a dry run for the country’s hosting of the biennial meet in November.  Phisgoc, according to Suzara, will take care of the needed equipment and logistics of the Grand Prix leg as it will fall under the country’s SEA Games hosting test event. "I have to call [LVPI president] Mr. [Joey] Romasanta to consider the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg to be a test event for Phisgoc," Suzara said. Thailand will host the opening leg and Suzara wants to suggest LVPI to take care of the next stop of the home and away tournament.  “I asked AVC that we might be able to use one leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix because right now kasi ang magho-host pa lang Thailand,” he said. "They’re asking Philippines but hindi pa maka-commit ang LVPI because it needs funding.” “But now Phisgoc is giving the funding as the official test event so why not? It’s also good for the national team,” Suzara added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Para Games to celebrate turnaround?

Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo said yesterday if the coronavirus crisis is put under control within the next two months, the 10th ASEAN Para Games could show the way to celebrate the turnaround in a display of human triumph over the pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Olympics-bound boxer Irish Magno promises to make the most of added time to prepare for Tokyo

Filipina flyweight boxer Irish Magno was the fourth and latest member of the Philippine contingent to secure a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, before the whole world seemingly went into quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Magno made the most of her second chance in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan back in the first week of March, edging out Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Qosimova, 5-0, in the Women’s Flyweight Olympic Box-off to earn her first-ever Olympics berth. She joined top-seeded Men’s Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who also clinched a berth to Tokyo while also taking home gold in the Qualifying Tournament. Just a couple of weeks later, Magno, and the rest of the world, found out that Tokyo 2020 had been postponed to 2021 because of the world’s current health crisis. While it was indeed a saddening development, Magno fully understands the need. “Sobrang nakakalungkot po talaga, kasi yun po yung pinag-hahandaan ng buong team, especially yung mga nag-qualify na,” Magno told ABS-CBN Sports. “But at the same time, okay lang po kasi mas mahabang preparation po kung sakaling ma-postpone yung Tokyo Olympics, at priority po talaga sa ngayon, at mas importante yung safety and health ng every athlete.” “So, if ever po, naiintindihan ko naman po,” Magno added. (READ ALSO: Hidilyn Diaz reacts to Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement) The 2019 SEA Games Silver Medalist admits that the postponement doused her excitement for her maiden Olympics appearance quite a bit. “Medyo nabawasan din [yung pagka-excited], pero sa panahon ngayon, mahirap rin po sa amin na matuloy kasi hindi po kami makakapag-training ng maayos dahil sa Coronavirus,” Magno explained. “Mas better na ma-postpone, at least makakapag-prepare pa kami ng mas matagal pa.” With the added time to prepare, Magno assured that training won’t let up as they try to bring home some Olympic boxing hardware. “As of now, wala pa po akong balita regarding [sa mga upcoming tournaments], wala pa po kasi kaming naka-schedule, pero I’m sure naman po na tuloy-tuloy ang training.” “Pag-hahandaan po talaga namin to ng buong team, sisiguraduhin po namin na susulitn namin yung binigay na time for the Olympics,” she continued. While the 28-year old will have to wait a bit longer until she can wear the country’s colors in Tokyo, the honor of being an Olympian isn’t lost on her. “Sobrang laki po talaga [na karangalan], is a po ito sa pangarap ng bawat atleta, kaya pagbubutihin ko pa po talaga ang pag-hahanda sa Olympics, dahil para po ito sa ating lahat at sa bansa.” Magno is currently under self-quarantine until March 27th in Baguio City. With the current Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, she isn’t sure if she can go home to Iloilo before April 14th. “Wait ko na lang po sasabihin ng coaches po,” she concluded. (RELATED: Right decision – POC president Tolentino on Tokyo Olympics reset)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

POC supports late 2021 SEA Games staging

With the Tokyo Olympics reset to 2021 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippine Olympic Committee will support Vietnam’s initial target of hosting the Southeast Asian Games in November. POC president Bambol Tolentino in a statement on Wednesday said that it is ideal that the biennial meet be held months after the Summer Games. “We will recommend that Vietnam hosts the 31st SEA Games during the latter part of the year,” said Tolentino Vietnam is reportedly looking at holding the 31st edition of the SEA Games from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2. However, Tolentino cleared that the SEA Games Federation has yet to approve the date of the regional sports meet. “Vietnam has yet to get the SEAG Federation’s official/formal approval. But we will support the dates,” Tolentino said. The International Olympic Committee made their decision to postpone the Olympic Games to 2021 in a yet to be determined date after talking to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers Tuesday night (Manila time). “Those dates provide enough window from Tokyo which could be in the July-August period,” Tolentino said. Vietnam has set a SEA Games meeting with officials coming from participating countries in Hanoi set on May 20-21 to present its program and Games calendar. The incoming host nation has yet to announce whether it will push through with the meeting or reset it to a later time with the world still battling the contagion. The Philippines hosted the 30th staging of the SEA Games where the country won as overall champion for the second time since the 2005 edition, also held in Manila, with a 149-gold medal haul.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Badminton Asia tilt set April also canceled

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA     Citing the health scare due to coronavirus pandemic, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended all remaining tournaments for the next two months, including the Badminton Asia Championships 2020 that the country is hosting on April 21 to 26. The tournament was initially schedule to take place in Wuhan, China […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

Arellano and Perps retain volleyball titles after NCAA Season 95 termination

Reigning champions of all sporting events affected by the termination of the NCAA Season 95 will retain their respective titles. NCAA management committee chairman Peter Cayco of season host Arellano University said Thursday that with the season cut short because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic no champion will be declared on events that have already started regardless of their tournament standings prior to the termination as well as those that have not yet opened. “Retain mga defending champions. Walang champions for Season 95,” Cayco told ABS-CBN Sports. The NCAA Policy Board announced Thursday noon the termination of the season which has been put on halt for more than a month now because of the COVID-19 pandemic which claimed thousands of lives globally. Events that were affected of the termination were volleyball, football, tennis, athletics, beach volleyball and cheerleading. Second semester centerpiece volleyball was already on the tail end of the elimination round before the stoppage. With this University of Perpetual Help will remain as men’s and juniors’ volleyball champions while Arellano U keeps its tight hold of the women’s crown. The Altas were unbeaten in the men’s division elims and were already secured of an outright Finals seat before the cancellation while the Lady Chiefs held a 7-1 card behind unbeaten College of St. Benilde (7-0). The five-time reigning champions Junior Altas sported a 5-1 slate in the elims behind the unbeaten Braves (7-0).      Title-holders of other events will also retain their respective championships. San Beda University will remain as seniors’ general champion while Perpetual is still the juniors’ overall winner.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

Coach Jimmy says Alab s fire to be continued

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas was just getting ready to turn up the heat in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League before the season was suspended indefinitely. As such, the Filipinos are yet to unleash their fired up, new-look squad led by Justin Brownlee and John Fields who were then supposed to be flanked by fellow World Import Nick King and locals Jason Brickman, Lo Domingo, and Miah Gray. Unfortunately, the continued spread of COVID-19 had other plans and a cloud of uncertainty hovers above the regional league with at least one team already expressing their intention to skip the rest of the season should it resume. In a statement, Thailand's Mono Vampire announced it has made "one of the most difficult decisions." "We need to be responsible in complying with government policies to stop all sporting events in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, we have decided not to participate in the remaining games of this season," the Thai team said. In that light, Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag has already taken time to show love for his team.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Jimmy Alapag (@jalapag3) on Mar 16, 2020 at 12:52am PDT "Never expected our season to come to such an abrupt end," he said in his post. "Would've loved to see this team on the court together. They deserved it!" Make no mistake, though, coach Jimmy said this is far from the end of the road for the Philippine team. "To be continued," he concluded after also thanking their fans. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

NCAA 95: Cancellation of season in Policy Board’s hands -- Cayco

The decision to cancel the remainder of the NCAA Season 95 is now in the hands of the Policy Board according to Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco of host Arellano University. In an interview on DZMM’s Fastbreak on Saturday, Cayco said that the league’s management committee had already proposed to terminate the season in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic to the Policy Board composed of presidents of member universities and colleges. “Actually, we proposed to the Policy Board, the Management Committee proposed, to cancel na the rest of the season,” said Cayco. “We are still awaiting approval.” On Monday, the NCAA announced that all NCAA activities are suspended until further notice. This declaration came almost a month after the NCAA halted all sporting events last February 14. On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte put the National Capital Region under community quarantine beginning on Sunday until April 14 as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus that triggered a global pandemic. “But in the meantime, we were overtaken by the declaration of a lockdown. So we still have enough time to contemplate what to do,” said Cayco. The Arellano U official, who is also a board member of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., pointed out that pushing through with the season might affect the schedule of Season 96. The NCAA usually opens June with its centerpiece basketball tournament.    “But for us in the Management Committee, we have decided to recommend the cancellation for the rest of the season because it will eat up to Season 96,” he said. “The Policy Board will have to approve it,” added Cayco. The stoppage of activities affected the ongoing volleyball and football tournaments and the yet to start athletics, beach volleyball and cheerleading competitions.          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

UAAP working on alternative formats for collegiate events

With the National Capital Region placed under Public Health Emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has declared the current format collegiate tournaments cancelled. This is due to the stringent social distancing measures being implemented from March 15 to April 14, 2020 which prohibits mass gatherings such as "sporting events and other entertainment activities". Classes at all levels have also been suspended until April 14, 2020. The collegiate tournaments will only resume if the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020 and does not prohibit mass gatherings. If so, the league will work toward alternative formats of competition, to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.   "We will continue to coordinate with lead government agencies to determine the protocols for the safety of everyone in or connected with the UAAP community," read the statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag. Collegiate events that have stopped are the women's and men's volleyball tournaments and the men's football tournament. Currently, National University sits atop the women's volleyball standings with a 2-0 slate. De La Salle University sits at second with a 1-0 record. University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines are 1-1. Adamson is 0-1, while University of the East is 0-2. For the men's side, NU and FEU are on top with 2-0 records. UP, Ateneo, and UE are 1-1. La Salle and Adamson are 0-1, while UST is at 0-2. In Men's Football, Ateneo, FEU, La Salle, and UP are on top of the table with four points each. UE and UST hold three points while Adamson and NU have yet to notch a point. Yet to begin are the women's football tournament, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, and 3x3 basketball. "The UAAP intends to do the greater good for the greater number, without disregarding the hard work of its coaches and student-athletes. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this most trying of times.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

AVC postpones Asian men’s club championship in Thailand

In light of the recent development of the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Asian Volleyball Confederation has decided to postpone the 2020 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship to a later date. According to AVC’s Twitter post on Tuesday, host Thailand have asked for the postponement of the tournament slated from April 18 to 25 in Nakhon Ratchasima. The sports’ continental governing body decided to move the tournament to August 10-17, citing concerns over the spread of the virus that already claimed thousands of lives and to best preserve the health and safety of players, officials and fans. A total of 15 teams have confirmed participation in the tourney including the 30th Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Philippine men’s volleyball team. The other participating countries are host Thailand (2), Australia, Hong Kong, Iran, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, China and Uzbekistan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2020

PBA kinansela ang mga laro bunga ng coronavirus

KINANSELA ng Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Board of Governors katuwang ang Office of the Commissioner umpisa ngayong Miyerkules, Marso 11, ang lahat ng mga laro nito sa PBA Philippine Cup at PBA D-League Aspirants Cup games kabilang na ang iba pa nitong aktibidades at ang PBA 3×3 tournament. Napagdesisyunan ito ng liga matapos ang ginanap […] The post PBA kinansela ang mga laro bunga ng coronavirus appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2020

Bagunas back in Japan to continue international stint

Volleyball star Bryan Bagunas flew back to Japan on Wednesday to continue his commitment with his club team Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler. The member of the Philippine men’s volleyball team that bagged the silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, bared that his club already expressed interest in keeping him on the team. “Kinakausap na ako noong club team ko na kukunin nila ulit ako, ire-renew nila ako,” said Bagunas, who went back to the country to accept his award as Mr. Volleyball given by the Philippine Sportswriters Association its annual awards rites last Friday. Bagunas is one of the four homegrown volleyball stars who are making strides in the international stage. Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat are playing in the women’s division of the Japan V. Premier League for Saitama Ageo Medics and Kurobe AquaFairies, respectively, while Marck Espejo is currently in Thailand suiting up for Visakha Volleyball Club.      Bagunas and the Weiss Adler will participate in Kurowashiki pocket tournament in Japan in May. However, he added, the tourney may be in peril of cancelation following the development in the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).      “Tuluy-tuloy na ulit hanggang May. Pero may chance din na ma-cancel ang league namin on May pero hindi pa sure kasi gawa ng outbreak ng coronavirus,” he said. “Sa ngayon kasi yung JVL talagang sobrang ano talaga sila sa coronavirus, kasi yung ibang leagues talaga wala nang nanonood na audience talagang sila na lang mga players na lang. sobrang takot na [ng mga tao].” Despite the threat, Bagunas will continue to fulfill his current contract and at the same time work on further developing his skills.   “Magtutuluy-tuloy ako sa international league and doon lang muna ako and aral ng mga volleyball techniques,” said Bagunas. “Then pagdating dito apply din sa national team para makatulong sa bansa.” Bagunas also assured that he will be available for another tour of duty if called upon by the national team. “’Yung owner naman ng team namin sa Japan is ano eh sobrang bait niya. Sabi niya basta may liga kami sa national team papayagan daw niya ako,” said the UAAP Season 81 Most Valuable Player. “So basta may liga ang national team makakapaglaro ako [para] sa Pilipinas,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2020

PH football events affected by coronavirus outbreak

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals will have to wait for another chance to pick up a win in the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, while Ceres-Negros FC will be without its home crowd in their upcoming 2020 AFC Cup match. In a statement released on Monday, March 9, FIFA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

UAAP 82: FEU’s Pocholo Bugas snags Juniors Football MVP plum

In line with their 10th consecutive championship in the UAAP Season 82 High School Boys Football Tournament, two members of Far Eastern University-Diliman earned themselves three individual gongs for stellar displays during the season. Pocholo Bugas and Jacob Garciano added the cherries on top of another glorious chapter in FEU’s program as the former was named the Most Valuable Player while the latter bagged the Best Striker and Best Midfielder gongs. Bugas, a member of the Philippine Men’s Under-23 National Football Team that competed in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, alternated between defense and midfield throughout the season. The came can be said for Garciano as he played in both the middle of the pitch and the final third and got six goals in the process, two of which came in the finals against Nazareth School of National University. Alimar Ambong, a stalwart in the backline for the Bullpups, was given the Best Defender Award for his valiant displays for NS-NU this season. A trio from De La Salle-Zobel completed the individual awardees with Enrico Mangaoang being hailed as Best Goalkeeper while Rafael Aldeguer was crowned as Rookie of the Year. Lastly, Ateneo High School was awarded the Fair Play Award......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

PHI 3x3 basketball to receive PSA special citation

Proof that 3x3 basketball is fast gaining popularity in the country, the Philippine men’s team which earned a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics qualifier is set to receive a special honor in the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night this Friday at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. Bannered by the dynamic duo of Alvin Pasaol and Joshua Munzon, the team is the 2019 Chooks-To-Go Fan Favorite awardee in the March 6 event presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Philippine Basketball Association, AirAsia, and Rain or Shine. Ranked 59th at the start of 2019, the Filipinos grinded their way to make the top 20 list by the end of the year to earn consideration for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament slated from March 18-22 in Bengaluru, India. Previous choices as Mr. Fan Favorite ‘Manok ng Bayan’ awardee presented by Chooks To Go headed by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc.’s Ronald Mascarinas, were three-time PBA scoring champion Terrence Romeo and future NBA prospect Kai Sotto. Earning world ranking points for the PH team was made possible with the holding of the pioneering 3x3 league Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas, while at the same time, hosting two major international meets here in the country, both of which had level-eight ratings and above. Santi Santillan and other top notch Filipino players alternated to see action alongside Munzon and Pasaol during the course of the year-long campaign. Also part of the top 10 were Karl Dehesa and Chris de Chavez of Balanga, Troy Rike of Pasig, Franky Johnson of Basilan, Ryan Monteclaro of Porac, Gab Banal of Bacoor, and Jaypee Belencion of Pasay. The Philippines has been bracketed in Pool C along with Slovenia, France, Qatar, and the Dominican Republic in the 20-team qualifier, which is divided into a four-group competition. Only the top three countries at the end of the meet will gain berth in the Tokyo Olympics, where the 3x3 event will be making its debut. The PH 3x3 men’s team is just one out of the close to 200 athletes, personalities, and entities who made up the year’s PSA honor roll list. On top of the awardees is 30th Southeast Asian Games overall champion Team Philippines, which will be bestowed with the coveted Athlete of the Year honor. Also getting a chunk of the spotlight in the two-hour program is world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo (President’s award), PH team SEA Games Chef De Mission and PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez (Executive of the Year), and the legendary Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes (Lifetime Achievement Award), who will also serve as the special guest of honor and speaker for the night.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

Makati FC standouts shine in PFF U15 Boys National Championship

Bannered by a complete roster of players from Makati FC, National Capitol Region FA finally made it to the top of the PFF U15 Boys National Championship.      Dominic Tom's 94th minute strike lifted NCRFA to a 1-0 win at extra time over Negros Occidental FA in a thrilling final Friday at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.      It was NCRFA's first-ever PFF U15 title that was made possible through discipline and hardwork.     Tom emerged as the Most Valuable Player and top goalscorer, while his fellow Makati FC teammates Joshua Merino and Alfonso Gonzalez won the Best Defender and Best Goalkeeper honors, respectively.      The best attacking team in the tournament, NCRFA scored a total of 79 goals with head coach Richard Leyble in tow. NCRFA went unbeaten in 10 matches, winning its first eight in convincing fashion before battling to a 3-3 draw with NOFA last Nov. 17, finishing on top of the group with a superior goal differential.       In the semifinals, NCRFA fashioned out a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Mount Apo RFA.      SeLu Lozano, Makati FC's chief executive officer, believes that the team has a bright future ahead, sharing the fact that almost all the players are an age younger.    "We started building this team four years ago when my dad handed me the management and operations of our club. This was never an overnight process and having this win only shows the amount of work we have put in to being the best U15 team in the country as of today. I am very proud of all our players because this is a testament to all their hard work," said Lozano.      A consistent producer of young great football players through the years, Makati FC is looking to align with the  Philippine Football Federation  to help in any way they can. The clubs extensive grassroots program since 1976 will continue for many years to come.     After its successful PFF U15 championship run, Makati FC will compete in the JSSL Asia youth football tournament in Singapore this April.      Lozano added that the best NOFA players are also current Makati FC players and will be together bannering the Philippine flag in Asia’s biggest youth football tournament.     “There is an abundance of talented players and coaches all over the country. With so much love and passion that we share for the sport, with a strong national program, we are not far to be recognised internationally and the goal is to give more opportunity to homegrown Filipinos to represent our flag and country. We should recognise the talent of these boys from NOFA through Coach Cocoy (Treyes)," said Lozano.      "The journey doesn’t end here. We will continue to do our best to share our blessing and opportunities with players from all over the country. The club aims to identify more talent all throughout the country and help provide them similar opportunities that will be able to bring them to the next level. Our purpose goes beyond just to teach football and win games. We’re here to develop well groomed human beings and provide them outlets that will lead them to a successful life," he added. "Having this win for such a prestigious tournament organized by the PFF paves the way for more younger kids to be inspired and see where they can be through being one with the vision of growing the game of football in our country.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020