IT MAY sound ambitious but, this early, I must insist it is a step towards the right direction. This terrific trey—well, it’s like we’ve finally won our first Olympic gold medal.
I refer to Sen. Bong Go’s Bill 397 seeking to create the National Academy of Sports for High School (NASHS).
Go’s NASHS will “serve as the premier training center to develop the athletic skills and talents of high-school students” meticulously gathered from all corners of the archipelago.
It’s about time we had this.
“This is my gift to our athletes and our youth,” said Go, who has, time and again, shown a genuine concern for the people, starting off with his iconic Malasakit Centers he had established nationwide to provide medical/financial needs to the downtrodden since 2016.
With his NASHS, Go, the brand-new chair of the Senate committee on sports, hopes to spur the country to reclaim its glory in sports.
“First, we need to bring the country back as the sports powerhouse of Asia,” said Go.
From regional success to world-beaters—again?
If that’s not being patriotic enough, what is?
Not bad to dream as history tells us we’ve produced world champions already, as in the likes of boxers Flash Elorde and Manny Pacquiao, who remains the reigning world welterweight champ even at age 40.
And isn’t cue artist Bata Reyes still a world billiards legend to reckon with?
In bowling, Paeng Nepomuceno’s multiple global exploits have remained unsurpassed, if not unequalled.
And did you know that our own Senate President Tito Sotto was also a former world bowling champion himself?
But after those glorious worldly Filipino exploits, we would, sadly, next suffer from one humiliation to another. We’ve now become virtually the whipping boy of our neighbors whom we used to thrash, so easily, repeatedly, only a while back.
After gallantly ruling the Manila SEA Games in 2005, we would nosedive into bizarre finishes in the 11-nation event, our best finish being a mere No. 5 in one of the event’s last six editions.
So, go for it, Sen. BG. Your bill’s a winning trey.