CEBU CITY, Philippines – PSC Commissioner Ramon S. Fernandez will be the Team Philippines’ Chef de Mission to the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam on Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, 2021.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino personally informed the PBA All-time leading scorer and 4-time MVP of the decision following the organization’s executive board meeting this morning.
“I am humbled (by the appointment). POC had its executive board meeting this morning and (Cong.) Bambol (Tolentino) informed me of the progress. This would be a challenging job for me, especially during this time of pandemic,” Fernandez told iNews.Ph.
Fernandez will get to meet the POC board by the end of the month to push his program and action plans.
As the person in charge of the needs and wants of the national team athletes, Fernandez is looking to seek the same support the Philippine team got in the 2019 meet held in Manila.
“I am looking to seek the same support we got in 2019. The funding from PAGCOR, the congress, the POC and NSAs for the sake of our athletes,” revealed the outspoken sports commissioner.
Among the program plans of Com. Ramon is to know the number of sports and the number of athletes that will be sent to compete in the biennial games.
“First I need to know how many sports to be competed in so that we will know the number of athletes that we will be sending. Then if we will know the number, we will know the program plans of each NSAs as to the training of the athletes and the budget for which will follow. We will be basing our training plans from 2019. We will send our athletes all over to train and compete in competitions prior to the SEA Games event,” he continued.
However, the most challenging part of being a CDM was how to address the current situation.
“The key here is the vaccine. Chairman Butch (Ramirez) had already arranged with the IATF to have our Olympic-bound athletes on the priority list of the people who get the (early) vaccine. Next to that are the rest of our national athletes. Without the vaccine, everything is in limbo. When our athletes get vaccinated then they can return to their normal training.”
A total of 40 sporting events will be played in Hanoi, this includes Aquatics ( Diving, Swimming, Finswimming), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball (5×5 Basketball & 3×3 basketball), Billiards, Bodybuilding, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing, Chess, Cycling (mountain bike & road), Dancesport, Esports, Fencing, Football (Beach soccer, Football, Futsal), Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic & Aerobic), Handball, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Kurash, Muaythai, Pencak silat, Pétanque, Rowing, Sepak takraw, Shooting, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball (Beach volleyball & Indoor volleyball), Vovinam, Weightlifting, Wrestling & Wushu.
If his plans will be followed to-a-tee, Fernandez expects the Philippines will finish in the top 3 in the overall standing.
“All the medallists of the 2019 Sea games are shoo-in. If everything will be followed according to plans, we might finish at the Top 3 overall,” Fernandez concluded. RCM