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Go encourages Filipinos to unite for sports

September 27, 2019 - Friday 7:09 AM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go talks to reporters at the sidelines of the Philippine Professional Sports Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center on Tuesday, September 24.

To further give support to Filipino athletes in their journey towards bagging a medal in international competitions such as the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go urged all Filipinos to unite under one vision, “One Team, One Goal, Go for the Gold!”

“Just like a sports team, all of us who are deeply passionate with sports must have unity and teamwork,” Go said in his speech at the Philippine Professional Sports Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center on Tuesday, September 24, organized by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).

“We must share ideas and pool our resources so that we can help professional Filipino athletes bag the gold in international competitions and hone the skills of our young athletes who show promise,” he added.

In an interview, Go said the output of the summit will be used as a basis to improve the current situation of Philippine sports in the country, especially in terms of benefits for the country’s athletes.

“Sabi ko nga, after their output dito sa summit, isumite nila sa amin. As legislator, handa po akong tumulong, at hindi lang po ‘yun, as a bridge to the President, kung papaano matutulungan ng executive ang ating mga atleta, professional or amateur, willing po akong tumulong sa kanila (para) mabigyan po ng mga benepisyo,” he said.

Go said he recently filed Senate Bill (SB) 397 which seeks to create the National Academy of Sports for High School (NASHS), similar to Philippine National High School for the Arts and Philippine Science High School.

In his speech, Go said that the NASHS is proposed to be built in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. He said he is confident the facility will hone the Filipino youth to become more productive members of society through sports development. 

“Dahil malapit ang ipapatayong paaralan sa world-class facilities, mahahasang mabuti ang galing ng mga batang atleta habang nabibigyan sila ng magandang edukasyon,” he said,

According to the bill, NASHS “will serve as the premier training center to develop the athletic skills and talents of high school students,” with an initial proposed funding of P150 million.

Go also emphasized that the bill is intended for Filipino athletes “na pwedeng isabay ang kanilang pagti-training (and), at the same time, pag-aaral sa high school para makatapos sila ng pag-aaral, and they can proceed to college. At kung hindi naman sila tuloy na maging atleta ay tapos na sila sa pag-aaral at makapag-proceed na sila sa kanilang nais na kurso na kukunin pagdating sa kolehiyo.”