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US Olympic Committee apologizes for swimmers’ ‘robbery’ incident

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has apologized after the ‘robbery’ incident involving four of Team USA’s swimmers: one of the most-decorated swimmers in American history Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feige.....»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phAug 19th, 2016

SBP expecting for the worst as it awaits sanctions from Fiba

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is expecting the worst as it awaits the decision from Fiba in the aftermath of the brawl between the Philippines and Australia in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers last Monday. Panlilio said the governing body will submit the Philippines' statement on the incident to Fiba July 10. "We're hoping that our position can be heard when we submit it, and hopefully the sanctions are not very heavy Again, expect the worst that there will be sanctions," said Panlilio during the meeting at the PBA office on Thursday. Panlilio met with PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Patrick Gregorio and Gilas players to discuss...Keep on reading: SBP expecting for the worst as it awaits sanctions from Fiba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

DSWD: Ifugao beneficiaries to get cash grants after probe into P2.7-M robbery

After P2.7 million worth of payouts for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries were stolen in Ifugao, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that cash disbursement would resume after a "thorough investigation" of the robbery-holdup incident.   "The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) assured the DSWD that the pay-out will be rescheduled once the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tinoc and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have finished investigating the incident and have cleared the area where the incident took place," DSWD said in a statementon Wednesday.   "The Department apologizes for any inconvenience the inciden...Keep on reading: DSWD: Ifugao beneficiaries to get cash grants after probe into P2.7-M robbery.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Lochte apologizes for not being more candid about incident

By Peter Premangan, Mauricio Savarese, and Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologized for his behavior surrounding an early-morning incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying h.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

US swimmers made up Rio robbery, vandalized gas station — police

US swimmer Ryan Lochte and three Olympic teammates were not robbed in Rio as they claimed but were detained after drunkenly vandalizing a gas station bathroom, police said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

US swimmers in robbery probe pulled off plane

RIO DE JANEIRO – Two Olympic swimmers were taken off their flight from Brazil to the US on Wednesday by local authorities amid an investigation into a report.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2016

Philippines aims for top-three finish in 2019 SEA Games

After a very successful stint in the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia which saw the Philippines finish 19th out of 46 participating nations, the country aims to finish at least third when the 30th South East Asian Games roll along in the archipelago next year.  In the previous edition held in Kuala Lumpur last year, the Philippines finished sixth out of 11 nations, ending the Games with a 24 golds, 33 silver and 64 bronzes in the medal count. With the country hosting for the first time since the top overall finish in Manila back in 2005, Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas aims to replicate the successful hosting of the events 13 years prior. "I hope it all works out. To perform well. Our goal is to host well. Our goal is to be in the Top 3," Vargas said in between PBA games on Sunday.  Vargas also added that Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who is also the SEA Games organizing committee chairman, had already presented the budget proposal to Congress for appropriation in the 2019 National Budget. With that said, all participating countries will meet again at Clark in Pampanga, which will be the center of the Games, this November to see the progress of the venues there, and possibly add an event, particularly skateboarding to the Games. "We'll surprise you in skateboard. There are two other skateboard artists we're looking at that will really play the game. So we are really blessed with skateboard."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

POC awards Asiad heroes in PBA rites

Filipino medalists in the recent 18th Asian Games in Indonesia will get their cash rewards from the Philippine Olympic Committee today in between the PBA doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Clash of agendas

Things are coming to a head in the Philippine Olympic Committee......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

PYONGYANG, North Korea --- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games, or how advanced the plans were. The International Olympic Committee traditionally does not announce host cities until seven years ahead of the games. That would give the Koreas until 2025 to put together a joint bid. Germany has already announced plans for a multi-city bid for 2032, as has Brisbane, Australia. The India Olympic Committee has also indicated its interest in...Keep on reading: North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

SEAG buildup in peril

POC ROCKY ANEW I’m willing to lead my fellow sports leaders and talk to Mr. Vargas privately The organizational structure of the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games is again in peril as the rumblings within the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) could lead to yet another leadership change. A Daily Tribune source revealed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Philippine Olympic Committee: Civil war?

Civil war: War between geographical sections or political factions of the same nation. – Collins Dictionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Aviation execs cite need for new airport

AVIATION officials underscored yesterday the need for a new airport to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). During yesterday’s hearing of the House committee on transportation chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento on the Xiamen plane incident, Transport Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Tamayo and Manila International Airport….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

PSC twits POC diffidence

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez yesterday said the country is capable of winning the overall crown when it hosts the 30th Southeast Asian Games next year. Reacting to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas’ statement that winning the overall title is going to be “very difficult,” Ramirez said the ball is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Gone too soon: Table tennis heroine Ian Lariba succumbs to leukemia at 23

The Philippines’ sports community woke up to news of the passing of Olympic table tennis player Ian Lariba, whose masterful career inspired athletes to aim for the world stage. The 23-year old Lariba succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia early Monday, according to the Philippine Olympic Committee. She was admitted to St. Luke’s Medical Center in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Vargas: We need to find more talents

For Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, the 18th Asian Games here was quite an experience......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

We can do better

JAKARTA--Like the rest of his countrymen, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is happy how the athletes performed in the 18th Asian Games--medal winners or not. It is his first Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics

By STEPHEN WRIGHT,  Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in a surprise announcement Saturday that highlights the rising ambition of the giant but long underperforming Southeast Asian nation. Jokowi, who is campaigning for a second term, made the announcement at a meeting in Bogor with the presidents of the International Olympic Committee and the Asian Olympic Committee. "With the experience we have in organizing the 18th Asian Games, we are sure Indonesia can also host a bigger event," Jokowi said in a statement after the meeting. IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the candidacy of Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, saying that the Asian Games provided a "strong foundation" for the country's 2032 bid. He said Indonesia has shown that it has all the ingredients to hold the Olympics successfully. "You see that Indonesia is on the move. And you see the enthusiasm of the people," Bach told The Associated Press. "It's a very young country. This of course also makes it very interesting for the IOC." About 12,000 athletes from 45 nations and territories as well as several thousand officials and journalists took part in the Asian Games, which end Saturday. As host, Indonesia provided a spectacular opening ceremony and also exceeded its own expectations in winning 30 golds, placing fourth on the medal table. Indonesia, projected to be among the world's 10 biggest economies by 2030, used the games to shift perceptions that it's in the "too hard" basket, paving the way for a tilt at even bigger sports hosting baubles. The country's hosting of the Asian Games without major organizational hitches has been a boost for Jokowi as he heads to elections in April. With the 2032 bid announcement, he gets to extend the shelf life of the Asian Games afterglow. Bach said the formal selection process for 2032 hasn't begun but Germany and India have also expressed interest. "And we have heard from other continents and other cities," he said. "Given that the decision will most likely be taken in 2025, you can understand that we are already very happy at this stage to have such an interest." Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics. Paris and Los Angeles have already been selected to host the following two games, in 2024 and 2028, respectively. Massive problems with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a developing country with endemic corruption, may count against Indonesia's chances. It cost Brazil about $20 billion to host the Olympics, a bill that is likely to raise objections in Indonesia, where poverty remains widespread. ___ AP Sports Writer Stephen Wade contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Vargas happy on overall tally, sad on boxing outcome

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas yesterday expressed mixed feelings over the Filipino athletes’ performance in the 18th Asian Games – happy on the country’s improvement from the overall medal tally but sad on the results from the very sport he heads – boxing......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Boxer Ladon settles for silver after head butt ends bout

JAKARTA — No thanks to a head butt, Rogen Ladon will go home with a silver medal in men’s flyweight of boxing in the 18th Asian Games. Ladon was the last man standing for Team Philippines who had a shot at a fifth gold medal. But an ugly wound in his right eyebrow oozed with blood from that head butt by Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov, forcing the ring doctor to stop the fight. But even the boxing announcer was at a loss on how to declare Latipov the winner in the gold medal match that was stopped only 22 seconds into the second round. The games announcer at the JI Expo called it a Referee Stopped Contest-Second Round, but the verdict was decided by the judges’ scorecards which, except for the Indonesian, went the Uzbek’s way, 3-1. “It’s a big disappointment,” Ladon said after the medal ceremony that had a sullen Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas handing him his silver.  “It’s a major disappointment. Not only me, but the entire country aspired for the gold medal,” he added. Latipov received the gold medal tainted by allegations of cheating. Ladon ended up a wounded silver medalist —the left side of his forehead just above the eyebrow almost heavily bandaged to cover a wound that not only hurt his bid for a gold medal, but the entire Filipino nation’s heart. “He [Uzbek] was in the ropes and when he sprung back, he gave me the head butt,” said Ladon who believed he took the first round by connecting clearer scoring punches. Vargas, POC Chairman Abraham Tolentino and Alliance of Boxing Associations in the Philippines secretary general Ed Picson could only shrug their shoulders over the controversial loss absorbed by Ladon—the third after Nesthy Petecio in the preliminaries and Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial in the semifinals last Thursday. Picson said several federations also expressed dismay over the judging in the tournament. “There are several federations who felt that they were robbed as well,” said that Vargas “will make suggestions and try see to it that reforms are made in the boxing communities. “In the AIBA, there are no protests. The best we could do is to go to the congress,” he said. With the loss, the Philippines ended its campaign with four gold, two silver and 15 silver medals—a tally that was good for No.19 in the medal standings and far better than the lone BMX cycling gold Daniel Caluag won in Incheon in 2014. Ladon’s coaches—Ronald Chavez and Nolito Velasco—were wary of the cut before the final bout and had to scramble for any remedy. They got one—Dermabond, derma glue that closes wounds temporarily, thanks to a social media post by volleyball player Mika Reyes, whose Indonesian fan gave the adhesive for free. But the derma glue could not withstand a head butt by the Uzbek. Ladon’s wound, which was about an inch, opened prompting the referee to summon the match doctor, who eventually stopped the fight. With four gold medals—courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go—the Philippine delegation goes back home starting on Monday with a better haul than Incheon. But China remained as the most dominant in Asia with 273 medals—123 of them gold—followed by Japan with 70 golds and South Korea 45......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

POC President Vargas all praises for Pinoy athletes in Asiad

JAKARTA — Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas is all praises for the Filipino athletes who competed in the 18th Asian Games and bagged four gold, two silver and 15 bronze medals. Vargas, who was installed as POC president along with Abraham Tolentino as chairman in a special election only last February, congratulated members of the delegation despite disappointments in many fronts. After 17 days of competition, the 227-athlete delegation improved on the 1-3-11 gold-silver-bronze haul in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and put the Philippines to its best performance in eight years—since its 3-4-9 harvest in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. “‘Yung mga atleta natin can stand proud on the medal stand. We have really improved our medal tally from one gold, three silvers and 11 bronze medals. We've done better,” Vargas said. “Ang atleta talaga ang magdadala, kaya the athlete needs all the support. They get the blame, they get the reward, but our role is to really support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation,” said Vargas in paying tribute to the athletes. All of the Philippines’ gold medalists in the games are women, with the youngest at 17 years old — golfer Yuka Saso, who is joined by fellow golfers Bianca Pagdanganan, 21, and Kaye Lois Go, 19, and skateboarder Margielyn Didal, 19. Even the oldest of them all in weightlifting icon Hidilyn Diaz is still a millennial at 27. “The women in sports are really giving us so much pride. So we should really look at parity and bring in more (of them) in sports. They have proven that they can win,” Vargas said. From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to no. 19 this time, still behind Southeast Asian Games rivals Thailand (12th, 11 golds, 14 silvers, 46 bronzes),  Malaysia (14th, 6-12-15) and Vietnam (17th, 4-16-18). Vargas, the head of the sport of boxing, had a silver from flyweight Rogen Ladon and two bronze medals from light flyweight Carlo Paalam and middleweight Eumir Marcial — a result which the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines president gave him “mixed emotions.” “From the sport that I lead, I’m frustrated not by how the boxers performed, but how the results were judged,” Vargas said, ruing the judging in the games, which seemed to have favored boxers from Uzbekistan, the home country of International Boxing Federation interim president Gafuk Rakhimov. “When boxing presidents and athletes come to your dugout saying that you won, it gives you a sense that injustice has been done. When the crowd from Indonesia and some from Thailand were cheering for the Philippines, then there must have been something wrong that had happened,” Vargas said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018