Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Philippines and the Olympics

2008 and another year without bringing any medal.
The last time the Philippines brought home a medal was back in 1996 courtesy of Onyok Velasco (Atlanta Olympics 1996)
Now what does this say about our country? We sent 15 delegates to the Olympics and not even one added to our total tally of medals. Kahit Mongolia nga naka gold medal na sa boxing. The Philippine Sports Commission should be held liable for the results. They shouldn't send athletes there just for the sake of being there but to show excellence in the sport. They're just wasting the people's money while these officials get the perks of going to Beijing and enjoying themselves.
Kahit na wala tayong nakuha this time, I would like to congratulate all those Filipino athletes who worked hard in their respective events.
But seriously, the Philippine sports organizations should have a complete overhaul so that we would do better next time around. This is a lesson for all us. We can't let the bosses at the Philippine Sports Commision keep getting away with this. They're cheating the Filipino people and our athletes while the sports program in our country rots.

And by the way, we don't go to the Olympics to break Philippine records.

P.S. Congratulations to the Philippine Wushu team for bringing home the gold.

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