Newly-elected Athletes Commission officers promise louder voice for athletes

The newly-elected members of the POC Athletes Commission have guaranteed their fellow athletes of a bigger voice and a shoulder to cry on for the next four years. “We will be the bridge between the athletes and the Philippine Olympic Committee,” said swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna, who represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics. “We are here to provide the link,” said Lacuna during Tuesday's PSA Forum at the Amelie Hotel Manila. Lacuna and four others were elected to the commission last Saturday, including Francesca Altamonte of softball, Nikko Huelgas of triathlon, Jake Letts of rugby and Samuel Morrison of taekwondo. Lacuna told the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel Manila and the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that since the commission is required to have at least two Olympians (one male, one female), Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting may be accommodated as the fifth member in place of Morrison. Lacuna has indicated his availability to serve the commission full time after announcing his retirement from competitive swimming. As chairman of the commission, he can attend the POC general assembly with voting power. Again, the 26-year-old swimmer assured his fellow athletes that the commission is going to do its best to address any of their grievances. “What the athletes need we will help address. This is very important,” said Lacuna......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 14th, 2020

Picson, Lacuna to grace Forum

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines and one of the five newly-elected members of the 2nd Philippine Olympic Committee athletes’ commission make up Tuesday’s lively discussion in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Amelie Hotel Manila......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Para-athletes train at Philsports

​The Philippine Sports Commission opened the doors of its newly-refurbished Philsports Complex for national para-athletes training for the 2020 Asean Para Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

Huelgas, Olympian Lacuna elected to 2nd POC Athletes Commission

MANILA, Philippines – National triathlete Nikko Huelgas and Olympic swimmer Jessie Lacuna headlined the 5 members elected to the 2nd Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) athletes' commission on Saturday, January 11.  Huelgas, who served as the first athletes' commission chairman, and Lacuna are joined by former vice-chairman Cheska Altomonte, former Philippine ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2020

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP’s male athlete of decade

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart. “That’s all?” LeBron James asked, feigning disbelief. No, that’s not all. Those were just some highlights of the last 10 years. There were many more, as the man called “King” spent the last decade reigning over all others — with no signs of slowing down. James is The Associated Press male athlete of the decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer. He was a runaway winner in a vote of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. “You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James, who turns 35 Monday, told the AP. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35 and I’m just in a better (place) in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.” Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating the sprints at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer superstar Lionel Messi was fourth and Michael Phelps — the U.S. swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold — was fifth. James was revealed as the winner Sunday, one day after Serena Williams was announced as the AP’s female athlete of the decade. In his 17th season, he’s on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA’s scoring leaders. “When LeBron James is involved,” Denver coach Michael Malone said, “I’m never surprised.” Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the last 10 years. He started the decade 124th on the league’s all-time scoring list. He’s now about to pass Kobe Bryant for No. 3. No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are within reach. Is Abdul-Jabbar in his sights? Is catching him the new decade’s goal? “I would be lying if I said I don’t see it,” James said. “Obviously I’m not trying to say, ‘OK, well if I play this amount of time, if I average this’ ... I’m not doing that because I’ve never done that with my career. I’ve always just kind of let it happen. Whatever happens, happens. But I see it. I do see it.” His work ethic, even now, makes even those closest to him marvel. Here’s a typical day this past summer for James, who remains obsessed with working even though fame and fortune found him long ago: He’d wake up at 3 a.m. and be at the Warner Bros. lot by 3:45 — where a weight room and court, built just for him, were waiting. He’d be lifting by 4 a.m., getting shots up by 5:30 and be ready to start another day of shooting the remake of “Space Jam” that he has been planning for years by 7 a.m. “That’s who he is,” said Mike Mancias, one of the longest-tenured and most trusted members of James’ inner circle, tasked for more than 15 years with keeping James fit. “He does whatever it takes when it comes to fulfilling his commitments to everything — especially his game and his craft.” The 2010s for James started with “The Decision,” the widely criticized televised announcement of his choice to leave Cleveland for Miami. (Lost in the hubbub: The show raised more than $2.5 million for charity.) He was with the Heat for four years, went to the NBA Finals all four times with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, finally won the title in 2012 — “it’s about damn time,” he said at the trophy celebration — and led the way in a Game 7 win over San Antonio to go back-to-back the following year. “He grew immensely here as a leader,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He impacted winning as much as with his leadership as he did with his talent. I think that was the most important thing he learned with us. And he’s been able to take that to different franchises and continue using that as a template.” Cleveland was devastated when he left. It forgave him. James returned home in 2014, took Cleveland to four consecutive finals, then led the Cavaliers to the 2016 title and came up with one of the biggest plays of his life by pulling off a chase-down block of Golden State’s Andre Iguodala in the final seconds of Game 7 of that series. And in 2018, he was off to LA. Going Hollywood made so much sense — he’s making movies, has a production company, has a program called “The Shop” as part of his ‘Uninterrupted’ platform featuring an array of guests from Drake to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who signed a bill on the show that will allow college athletes to get paid for the use of their likeness and sign endorsement deals. “There’s a lot of moments from this decade that would be up there, winning the two Miami championships, winning a championship in Cleveland, the chase-down block,” James said. “But the best moment? Definitely marrying Savannah. That would be No. 1.” James and longtime partner Savannah Brinson got married six years ago. They already had two sons — both are very good basketball players already — and added a daughter in 2014. James also spent most of the last decade as a lightning rod for critics. He used his voice often on social matters, speaking out after the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and campaigning for Hillary Clinton. He supported Colin Kaepernick’s methods of protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Most recently, he was criticized by many — including top U.S. lawmakers — for his remarks after Houston general manager Daryl Morey sparked a massive rift between the NBA and China by sending out a tweet supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. “I don’t live in regret,” James said. “There’s no moment in this last decade that I wish I could have back. If a situation was bad or you feel like you could have done better, then I learned from it.” He doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play. He laments missing time with his children. His “I Promise” school that opened in 2018 in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, has been an immediate success story, and he wants to see that enterprise continue growing. Some love him. Some don’t. He doesn’t mind. “When you believe in your calling or you believe in yourself, then it doesn’t matter what other people say or how other people feel,” James said. “And if you allow that to stop you or deter you from your mission, then you don’t get anywhere.” And in the 2010s, nothing deterred James......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Simone Soars: Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year

By Will Graves, Associated Press They’re called “Simone Things,” a catchall phrase for the casual ease with which Simone Biles seems to soar through her sport and her life. The irony, of course, is that there’s nothing casual or easy about it. Any of it. The greatest gymnast of all time and 2019 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year only makes it seem that way. Those jaw-dropping routines that are rewriting her sport's code of points and redefining what can be done on the competition floor? Born from a mix of natural talent, hard work and a splash of ego. The 25 world championship medals, the most by any gymnast ever? The result of a promise the 22-year-old made to herself when she returned to competition in 2017 after taking time off following her golden run at the 2016 Olympics. The stoicism and grace she has shown in becoming an advocate for survivors — herself included — and an agent for change in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal that’s shaken USA Gymnastics to its core? The byproduct of a conscious decision to embrace the immense clout she carries. “I realize now with the platform I have it will be powerful if I speak up and speak for what I believe in,” Biles told The Associated Press. “It’s an honor to speak for those that are less fortunate. So if I can be a voice for them in a positive manner, then of course I’m going to do whatever I can.” And it's that mission — combined with her otherworldly skill and boundless charisma — that's enabled Biles to keep gymnastics in the spotlight, a rarity for a sport that typically retreats into the background once the Olympic flame goes out. She is the first gymnast to be named AP Female Athlete of the Year twice and the first to do it in a non-Olympic year. Biles edged U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe in a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. Skiing star Mikaela Schiffrin placed third, with WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne fourth. Biles captured the award in 2016 following a showstopping performance at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she won five medals in all, four of them gold. She spent most of the following 12 months taking a break before returning to the gym in the fall of 2017, saying she owed it to herself to mine the depth of her talent. Check social media following one of her routines and you’ll find people -- from LeBron James to Michelle Obama to Chrissy Teigen -- struggling to distill what they’ve witnessed into 280 characters or fewer, with whatever they settle on typically followed by multiple exclamation points and a goat emoji, a nod to Biles being considered the Greatest Of All Time. Her triple-twisting double-flip (the “triple double”) at the end of her first tumbling pass on floor exercise is a wondrous blur. Her double-twisting double-flip beam dismount (the “double double”) is so tough the International Gymnastics Federation made the unusual decision to downplay its value in an effort to deter other gymnasts from even trying it. This is both the blessing and the curse of making the nearly impossible look tantalizingly attainable. When Biles learned about the FIG's decision, she vented on Twitter, her palpable frustration highlighting the realness she's maintained even as her first name has become synonymous with her sport's royalty. It can lead to a bit of a balancing act. In some ways, she's still the kid from Texas who just wants to hang out with her boyfriend and her dog and go to the grocery story without being bothered. In other ways, she's trying to be respectful of the world she's built. Take the GOAT thing. It’s a title she embraces — Biles wore a goat-themed leotard during training at the national championships in August — but also takes with a grain of salt, determined to stay grounded even as the hype around her grows. Yes, GOAT happens to be the acronym for her planned post-Olympic “Gold Over America Tour,” but ask her where the inspiration came from and she laughs and gives credit to a friend, Kevin, who came up with it in a group chat. It is both paying tribute to and winking at her status at the same time. Biles has become well aware over the last three years that her every word and action carries far greater weight than she ever imagined. Her most impactful moment of 2019 might not have come during a meet but sitting for an interview on the eve of winning her record sixth national title, when she fought back tears while talking about how USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the FBI failed to protect athletes during an investigation into Nassar's abusive behavior. The moment went viral, as most things surrounding her tend to do these days. “I’m starting to realize it’s not just the gymternet anymore,” Biles said, using the term for her sport's dedicated fans. "It’s an overall thing. It’s weird to get that kind of attention, but at the end of the day, I feel gymnastics has been overlooked in non-Olympic years. Yeah, it puts pressure on me. But I’m not trying to think about all the attention from the outside world.” The attention figures to only grow in the run-up to Tokyo, where she will attempt to become the first female gymnast in more than half a century to repeat as Olympic champion. Her smiling face serves as the exclamation point at the end of every television promo for the Summer Games. Let it be known: The smile is real. That might not have always been the case, but is is now. Heading into the final months of a singular career, she is trying to revel in the journey while anxiously awaiting what's next. Add it to the list of Simone Things. “I feel like this is the beginning of my life and I don’t want gymnastics to be my whole entire life,” she said. “I’m definitely going to soak in the moment and enjoy it so 10 years from now I can look back and say ‘I had the time of my life out there’ ... rather than ‘I was good, but I was miserable.’”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2019

Filipino SEA Games athletes to finally get overdue Christmas bonus

After a monthlong wait, Filipino national athletes, including those who didn’t medal last December’s 30th Southeast Asian Games will receive their P25,000 Christmas bonus promised by Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez when the government sports-funding agency celebrates its 30th founding anniversary on January 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News21 hr. 40 min. ago

National coaches get due

Filipino national team coaches will receive their much-awaited due as the Philippine Sports Commission recently approved raising substantially their monthly salary to encourage them to focus on training their athletes full time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

PSC tells athletes: Train indoors

Four days after Mt. Taal spewed ashes which blanketed Batangas and nearby provinces, the Philippine Sports Commission has not lifted its instructions to suspend outdoor training for all national athletes. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 16th, 2020

Train indoors in the meantime – PSC

Four days after Mt. Taal spewed ashes which blanketed Batangas and nearby provinces, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has not lifted its instructions to suspend outdoor training for all national athletes. “We have been coordinating with the NSAs to look for training alternatives. But then, PSC would always work on the safe side. We will […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 16th, 2020

POC athletes commission eyes more projects for the youth

MANILA, Philippines–Filipino athletes will collectively go out of their way to get more children into sports. Olympian swimmer Jessie Lacuna announced on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, that the athletes’ commission of the Philippine Olympic Committee would engage in projects that would create awareness and entice kids throughout the country to play in various disciplines. “We […] The post POC athletes commission eyes more projects for the youth appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2020

Stability in POC

Take it from triathlete Nikko Huelgas who just won a second four-year term as member of the Athletes Commission attached to the POC......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2020

Annual PSA Awards Night set in March

For making the country proud in the year just passed, top sports achievers will be honored anew as the SMC PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night is set on the first week of March at the Manila Hotel. Highlight of the annual affair also presented by MILO, CIGNAL TV, and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is the awarding of the coveted Athlete of the Year honor solely handed out by the country’s oldest media organization headed by president Tito S. Talao, sports editor of the Manila Bulletin. The year 2019 saw Filipino athletes made their presence felt everywhere, from Southeast Asia all the way to the world stage. Team Philippines won the overall championship of the Southeast Asian Games only for the second time in 42 years of competing in the biennial meet, while Carlos Yulo became the first Filipino and gymnast from Southeast Asia to win a historic gold medal in the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Lady boxer Nesthy Petecio also won a first ever gold when she ruled the featherweight division of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude Russia, even as Ernest John Obiena distinguished himself as the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when he surpassed the Olympic qualifying standard in men’s pole vault by ruling a tournament in Chiara, Italy. These sports heroes and heroines are expected to lead the various personalities and entities to be honored on this special night by the country’s sportswriting fraternity. Aside from the Athlete of the Year award, also to be given out are the President’s Award, the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Year award, Executive of the Year, Ms. Basketball, Mr. Volleyball, Ms. Golf, Mr. Football, and a first ever Coach of the Year. As in past awards night, there will likewise be Major Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Siddayao Awards, MILO Junior Athletes Award, and citations to be led by the SEA Games gold medal winners. Sports personalities who passed away last year will also be accorded with a posthumous recognition.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Basketball, volleyball, golf events called off due to Taal ashfall

By Kristel Satumbaga and Waylon Galvez     With the eruption of Taal Volcano on Sunday, several sports events were cancelled yesterday, citing the health and safety of everybody. Even the training of athletes for the Tokyo Games was also affected with the Philippine Sports Commission advising them to suspend their outdoor training. “All national […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

On to Tokyo

The tempo is picking up. With six months left before the Tokyo Olympics, national sports associations and the Philippine Sports Commission are increasing their efforts to get more Filipino athletes qualified for the Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

PSC assembles support teams

The Philippine Sports Commission has assembled numerous support teams for Olympic-bound athletes and those who are going to join Olympic qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 12th, 2020

PSC suportado ang kampanya ng PATAFA athletes sa Tokyo Olympics

    TULOY ang suportang ibibigay ng Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) sa mga national athletes na kumakampanya para makapasok sa 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games kabilang na ang mga atletang mula sa Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa). Ito ay matapos na makipag-usap si PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez kay Patafa president Philip Ella Juico […] The post PSC suportado ang kampanya ng PATAFA athletes sa Tokyo Olympics appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2020

National training center among priorities of PSC again

Manila, Philippines–The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will now shift its attention back to building the much-desired sports complex for the national athletes. “We are doing our best to make this longtime dream come true,” said PSC chairman William Ramirez after the project was temporarily shelved to give way to the country’s hosting of the 30th […] The post National training center among priorities of PSC again appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

Olympians get full support staff

World champion gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo and Asian champion pole vaulter EJ Obiena will have the luxury of their own support crews all the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The same treatment will be provided for by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to all Filipino athletes who follow their footsteps and qualify to the […] The post Olympians get full support staff appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2020

PSC assures continued support for athletes trying to make it to Olympics

Sustaining the support that athletes received in preparing for the 30th Southeast Asian Games will be the main concern of the Philippine Sports Commission......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 6th, 2020

Sad Christmas for PSC employees

Filipino athletes who didn’t medal in the Southeast Asian Games last month will have to wait a little longer before they could receive the P25,000 Christmas bonus the Philippine Sports Commission had initially planned to give them......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2020