THE Philippine Sports Commission is changing the landscape of multi-sports events, especially the elite athlete’s competition, and chairman William “Butch” Ramirez wants the Philippine National Games to be staged in Cebu in partnership with the sports commissions of Cebu Province and Cebu City.
“Let’s make the PNG a celebration of sports. Let’s work in partnership with the Cebu Province Sports Commission and Cebu City Sports Commission for this event. We will hold this in April before the Palarong Pambansa. We will have a grand celebration of sports and Cebu is the perfect place to host this event,” Ramirez said at the special board meeting held last Tuesday at the Gloria Maris Restaurant at the CCP Complex.
To make this feasible, PSC is directing the NSAs to have the National team members play at the place of birth.
“What better way to celebrate sports is to have national athletes play at their birthplace and make them an inspiration for young and aspiring athletes. Let us delegate the task to Commissioner Ramon Fernandez to start negotiating with the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission and the Cebu City Sports Commission for the necessary arrangements,” said Ramirez.
The impromptu board meeting, which was supposed to be a luncheon date, was also attended by the four commissioners--Fernandez, Cecilia Kiram, Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey.
Cebu Province Sports Commission (CPSC) executive director Atty. Ramil Abing welcomed the intentions of PSC to hold the event at home.
“That is a nice idea. We are willing to co-host the event. It’s actually a good news and a welcome development. The province normally sends delegation to PNG. If it is held here, it is advantageous to us because it will spare us the hassle of sending athletes to other place in the country, and we can have more athletes in our delegation, since it’s only in Cebu. We can save some of the costs,” Abing told Sun.Star Cebu.
Hosting the PNG itself is already a celebration for the Cebuanos as it has been 20 years since it was held here in Cebu City.