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./