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Philippine Sports Commission’s national sports summit to push through virtually

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will push through with the National Sports Summit this year online.

Originally set for February last year at the Philippine International Convention Center, the summit this time around will take the form of a weekly conference-type online session, titled “Sports Conversations,” beginning Jan. 27, the sports agency said.

The summit was one of the many events deferred by the PSC in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which included the Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy and Children’s Games.

The PSC said this year’s conference will cover 25 sports topics designed with the end view of determining the present status of sports in the Philippines and then charting the path to achieve sports excellence.

The PSC has tapped recognized figures from the local to the international sports scene to deliver short lectures in the online conference.

“We wanted to push through with this because we know it will be useful to know where we are now from where we were almost three decades ago (when the PSC was founded). It will help see the road ahead of us and navigate it better,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez in a release as he shared the significance of pushing through with the summit.

“Data gathered from these sessions will be studied and processed, and shall be the foundation of a new set of resolutions hoped to be useful for our future sports leaders, legislators, and national officials who contribute to the betterment of sports in the country,” he added.

The first batch of sessions brings together United States Sports Academy (USSA) President T.J. Rosandich, Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) Dean of Philippine Sports Henry C. Daut, DAVNOR Sports Development Head Giovanni I. Gulanes, and University of the Philippines professor Tessa Jazmines.

Mr. Rosandich opens the three-part summit with a lecture-forum on “Sports Success from a First World Perspective,” drawing from his experience as part of the academy which is home to the likes of American-Israeli Olympic figure skater Aimee Buchanan and two-time national coach of the year Mike Leach.

Mr. Gulanes, meanwhile, will share his expertise on sports development programs in local government units (LGUs) on Feb. 4, while PSI’s Mr. Daut, who played a role in PSC’s Sports Mapping Action Research Talent Identification (Smart ID) program, explores the topic as well as grassroots development on Feb. 11.

Veteran sportswriter and UP professor Jazmines, for her part, will lecture on the value of sports marketing on Feb. 28.

“We believe that sports are a means to move forward despite taking a step back for months. We may continue to chart our path in bettering Philippine sports starting now, and with the help of these experts in the field to whom we are very grateful,” said Mr. Ramirez.

The PSC shared that interest for the summit has been picking up well, with almost 1,000 participants consisting of sports educators, athletes, coaches, LGU coordinators, national sports associations, and private stakeholders, already registered. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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