MONICO Puentevella was re-elected president of the Philippine Weightlifting Association (PWA) over the weekend, replacing Roger Dullano who resigned irrevocably and left for the United States due to family matters.
Puentevella was also the PWA president until 2013 but relinquished the position when he became mayor of Bacolod City. He has been the president emeritus afterwards.
He was also commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission under President Fidel Ramos in 1996 and under President Joseph Ejercito Estrada until 2001. He became congressman of the Lone District of Bacolod from 2001-2010. He was also chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee in from 2008-2012.
The PWA’s latest achievement is Hidilyn Diaz’s silver medal finish in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Next week, Puentevella will head the Philippine delegation of 14 boys and girls to the Asian Youth Championships in Tokyo.
Last week, PWA also sent two promising athletes, 16- year-old Dessa de los Santos, and 14-year-old Paolo Rivera to the World Youth Championships in Penang, Malaysia.
“Our next goal is to bid for an international championship to be held in our country as soon as possible with the support of President Duterte through the PSC,” Puentevella said.
“This way, we can promote the sport more and produce more Hidilyns and go for that elusive Olympic gold,” he added.