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Olympic Stakeholders to meet at Subic

RP Olympic delegation chief: Time to change direction

by GERRY CARPIO - The Philippine Star

BEIJING – Philippine delegation chef de mission Monico Puentevella Wednesday called for a massive overhaul of Philippine sports following the impending collapse of Team Philippines in the XXIX Olympic Games.

"It’s time to change direction," said Puentevella. "It’s about time we took one serious look into the whole sports program of the country and each national sports association."

Puentevella, also congressman from Bacolod and president of the weightlifting association, gave the comment after Tshomlee Go, one of two athletes with a realistic chance for a medal, lost in the round of 16 of the flyweight division in the taekwondo competitions

"Yes, we have produced Philippine records here but the Filipino people want a medal, not just records," said Puentevella.

Team Philippines’ best performance here was the record-breaking feats of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, archer Mark Javier and swimmers Miguel Molina, Christel Simms, Daniel Coakley and James Walsh.

The Philippines went home without a medal from the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics.

At the same time, Puentevella said all sports associations that sent their athletes to the Olympics will be invited to a meeting with the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Education and Department of Budget Management to make a post-Olympic assessment that will be submitted to President Arroyo.

Puentevella said the meeting, to be held in Subic Sept.4, will gather all stakeholders to assess the Olympic performance in Beijing.

"As sports leaders we have to be accountable to the Filipino people for the funds we used in the Olympics. It is my duty as chef de mission to make an Olympic report to the President as part of our responsibility as sports leaders," he said.

"We have to meet to review our sports program for the Olympics, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games."

The Philippines’ record-breaking feats were far off the Olympic standards with none of the RP athletes went past the first round of competitions.

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