Inspire the athletes to be champions.
Team Philippines chef de mission and Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez asked this of national coaches and trainers who are preparing athletes who are going to see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“The greatest job of a coach is to inspire the champion in an athlete,” Ramirez said in his speech when he sat down with over 150 national coaches yesterday at PhilSports Complex, Pasig.
The meeting was held to discuss standing concerns and updates for the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games yesterday at PhilSports Complex, Pasig.
The talks came two weeks after internal issues rocked the Philippine Olympic Committee, with president Ricky Vargas assuring Filipino athletes that the regional meet remains on track.
Ramirez opened discussions with the national coaches from 58 sports to conduct assessment and evaluation of the level of preparations of Team Philippines the SEA Games.
Last week, Vargas admonished Team Philippines to aim for no. 1. and seek 120 gold medals.
“If we are united, we can produce a miracle in the Southeast Asian Games,” said Ramirez.
The PSC chief listened to what the coaches are doing to prepare their athletes during the talks.
Commissioners Arnold Agustin, Ramon Fernandez, Celia Kiram and Charles Maxey were also around with Chief of Staff Marc Velasco.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games. The games are a regional multi-sport event held every two years. It will be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 10, 2019 in four designated hubs which will serve as hosts.
The hubs include Manila, Clark, Subic, and a fourth cluster consisting of venues not grouped within the first three hubs.
The Philippines will host the games for the fourth time and its first since 2005. The country also hosted the 1981 and 1991 editions of the games. This edition of the games will include e-sports and obstacle course. It will have the highest number of sports in the history of the games, at 57.