Sport officials set aside differences as pep rally kicks off countdown to SEA Games

first_img(From left-right) POC board member Jonne Go, chef de mission Monsour del Rosario, Mike Barredo of Philspada, Phisgoc chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and PSC chairman Butch Ramirez. Photo by June NavarroMANILA, Philippines–All it took was one big gathering of athletes designed to reclaim the overall title in the coming Southeast Asian Games for the country’s top sports officials to set their differences aside.In a genuine show of solidarity, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission joined hands with the Philippine Olympic Committee on Tuesday night during the GoPilipinasGo pep rally.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano attended the rare assembly of over 1,300 national athletes and coaches from various sports at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Field and rallied them to aim for no less than the overall championship in the SEA Games. “We have two objectives. No. 1 is we need to win and we know that we have to work harder to give you whatever you need in training and competition,’’ Cayetano told the athletes.“Secondly, we want the 10 other countries to say na iba talaga mag-host ang Pinoy,’’ added the former senator and foreign affairs secretary.The Philippines will host the biennial sportsfest for the fourth time on Nov. 30-Dec. 11 with the triumvirate of the PSC, POC and Phisgoc expected to fuel the success of the Games. Filipino athletes secured the SEAG overall title for the first time when the country played host in 2005.Olympic taekwondo bronze medalist Stephen Fernandez represents standouts of the “Miracle of 91” 1991 SEA Games pic.twitter.com/dkpdyRHG8d— gopilipinasgo (@gopilipinasgo) March 26, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Team Lakay arrives in Tokyo as ONE: A New Era fight week kicks off Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayateno was joined by PSC chair Butch Ramirez, POC board member Jonne Go, chef de mission Monsour del Rosario and Philspada chief Mike Barredo on stage and released white doves in a symbolic gesture of unity.“It’s a humbling experience for myself, for chairman Butch, and for everyone here on stage because you the athletes continue to teach us a lot,” said Cayetano.“It’s easy to say win as one, but there’s a lot of hard work that we should put into winning as one,’’ added Cayetano.Hall of Famer Bong Coo of bowling, Olympic bronze medalist Stephen Fernandez of taekwondo and Asian Games champion Willy Wang of wushu provided inspiration and words of wisdom for the athletes to keep in mind in their quest for excellence and victory.Bowling Hall of Famer Bong Coo cheers for Team Philippines #ISupportTeamPhilippines30thSEAGames #GoPilipinasGo pic.twitter.com/gzPUYBZm1c— gopilipinasgo (@gopilipinasgo) March 26, 2019Athletes Commission chairman Nikko Huelgas, a back-to-back SEAG gold medalist in men’s triathlon and Olympic weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz also pushed their fellow athletes to do their best, both in training and in competition.center_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, now training in China, gives her message #ISupportTeamPhilippines30thSEAGames #GoPilipinasGo pic.twitter.com/MV46cRBmw2— gopilipinasgo (@gopilipinasgo) March 26, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View commentslast_img