All set for re­launch of Sports In­sti­tute


A SPORTS de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that will not only ben­e­fit the elite but also the ath­letes at the grass­roots is ready to roll out.

The Philip­pine Sports In­sti­tute will be in­au­gu­rated on Jan­uary 16 to be led by no less than Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte at the Multi-Pur­pose Arena, PhilSports Com­plex in Pasig City.

Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) chair­man Wil­liam “Butch” Ramirez and other sports of­fi­cials will also grace the un­veil­ing of the marker.

In a press state­ment, Ramirez said the re­launch of PSI is in line with the gov­ern­ment’s thrust in pro­mot­ing and el­e­vat­ing the con­di­tion of sports in the coun­try from the grass­roots level to its elite level.

PSI, which is the cen­ter­piece of the Na­tional Sports De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram tasked to fo­cus on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the grass­roots sports pro­gram and pro­vide high per­for­mance train­ing so­lu­tion to the elite and para-elite ath­letes, was ini­ti­ated by Phillip Ella Juico when he was the PSC chair­man from 1996 to 1998.

The pro­gram was shelved af­ter a change of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ramirez re­vived the pro­gram when he took over as PSC chair­man from 2005 to 2009.

PSI na­tional train­ing di­rec­tor Marc Ed­ward Ve­lasco is hop­ing that the in­au­gu­ra­tion will give na­tional ath­letes and coaches an op­por­tu­nity to un- der­stand what the pro­gram is all about.

“The ath­letes and the coaches will have a bet­ter idea what PSI is go­ing to of­fer to them and what PSI will bring to the ta­ble. As for other stake­hold­ers, it will show how the PSI will be the main driv­ing force of PSC in terms of grass­roots and elite ath­letes. So they will think hindi ito yung project-project lang. They will see that even the na­tional gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing the project be­cause the pres­i­dent is there,” Ve­lasco said.

Ve­lasco said lo­cal gov­ern­ment units will have key roles in the gov­ern­ment.

“Here the league of may­ors as well as the league of gov­er­nors will know that this is not just some­thing for the elite aline but for the grass­roots as well. They will real­ize that their con­stituents can very much be part of the na­tional pr o g r a m ,” Ve la s c o said./


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