Lawmaker seeks to regulate performance enhancing drugs
PRINCESS Lara Sofia Pido and Michael Tagapolot won early gold medals in table tennis to jumpstart the third and final leg of the 2018 “DifferentlyAbled Sports 4 LIFE” Paragames held at the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Sports Centre in Cagayan de Oro City
Pido, a 14-year-old Special Class student at the West City Central School, took the gold medal in the Children With Intellectual Disability category with her straight sets victory over Leofe Marie Ceneza of Puerto National High School, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7.
“Actually, she is into athletics, she likes running but she joined table tennis that is her other loved sports,” said SPED teacher and Pido’s coach coach Benylyn Yana of her ward who stands 5-foot-8.
“She said she was very happy she won and is thanking the organizers for the tournament.”
Organizers observed a possible national talent in Tagapolot, a 19-year-old Grade 9 student at CDO National High School, who showed exceptional skills despite having deaf and hearing impairment disability. He grabbed the gold medal in the High School category.
“Like other kids po with disabilities, takot po siya sumali noon. First time niya sumali at nagvolunteer lang po siya na makasama sa team namin. Enrolled naman po siya at nagkalakas loob siya noong makita at mapanood niya sa TV na nananalo ang mga atleta natin,” said Tagapolot’s coach Amor Fajardo, also a SPED teacher.
Tagapolot showed his skills as he won in the eliminations against Wilson Garcia of West City Central School before taking the gold medal with a win over Janico Saburao of Caman-an NHS, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6, in the grassroots sports development program of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Earlier, PSC commissioner and PSC DAS 4 LIFE in-charge Arnold Agustin and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar A LADY solon has filed a proposal that would regulate the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports.
House Deputy Majority Leader and Antipolo City Rep. Cristina RoaPuno said with less than two years before the next Olympics, the country must act swiftly on the problem of doping in sports.
At present, Puno said the country has limited laws that regulate drugs or narcotics under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
“When we think about doping, we immediately think drugs, but substances banned by the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) can also be found in dietary supplements and may even be in grocery and food items found in health food stores and online. This is why it is important that we act Moreno gave inspiration to the 250 athletes from 26 participating schools in the simple opening ceremony.
DAS 4 LIFE Assistant Project Director Jan Facundo said the two-day tournament will also feature athletics, swimming, badminton, table tennis, bocce and goalball for the para-athletes. — A.O. fast and safeguard our athletes from these banned substances,” said Puno.
It can be recalled that national player Kiefer Ravena was suspended for 18 months by FIBA for “unknowingly” ingesting WADA-prohibited substances from an energy drink.
Ravena blamed the pre-workout drink named “DUST”.
Puno said House Bill 8544 will ensure that the Philippines complies with its duties as a state party to the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport, and adopt an anti-doping policy in agreement with the principles of fairness, equity, legality, and transparency in sporting activities. It also seeks to promote the health of athletes globally, including their fundamental rights to participate in doping-free sports. — Leifbilly Begas
Games Saturday (Alonte Sports Center)
12 p.m. FEU vs La Salle-Dasmariñas 2 p.m. CSA-Biñan vs UP 4 p.m. Cignal vs Generika-Ayala 6 p.m. Petron vs
F2 Logistics PETRON and F2 Logistics, the protagonists in the dramatic finals encounter last year, lock horns anew as they seek the solo lead in the early stretch of the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Alonte Sports Center in Biñan City, Laguna.
Action fires off at 6 p.m. following the clash between Cignal and Generika-Ayala in the 4 p.m. encounter of this tournament bankrolled by Isuzu, Sogo, Senoh, Asics, Mikasa, Mueller, UCPB Gen and Bizooku with Genius Sports as technical partner.
Prior to that, La SalleDasmariñas will collide with Far Eastern University at 12 noon while Colegio San Agustin-Biñan will battle University of the Philippines at 2 p.m. in the second day of the Collegiate Grand Slam.
After slicing through their first three games, speculations are pregnant that both the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers are headed for another gigantic duel in the finals of this women’s club league.
Both squads have yet to yield a single set in their first three matches with Petron coming off an impressive 25-23, 2514, 25-18 victory over Smart while F2 Logistics is still savoring the sweetness of its 25-13, 25-16, 25-8 win over Cocolife last Thursday.
But one streak will have to end.
F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said they would do their best to prepare against Petron – the team that knocked the All-Filipino Conference crown off their head in a thrilling finals battle last year.
“We really have to prepare against Petron,” said de Jesus, who also steered the Cargo Movers to the Grand Prix crown last year only to lose it to Katherine Bell, Lindsay Stalzer and the rampaging Petron squad early this year.
“It’s important for us to do our adjustments because we know how strong our opponent is.”
Both squads are evenly matched.
Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos has depth in all positions with Rhea Dimaculangan as setter, Mika Reyes and Remy Palma as middle blockers, Frances Molina, Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons as open spikers, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas as opposite hitter and Pia Gaiser and Buding Duremdes as libero. PIDO, TAGAPOLOT WIN GOLDS IN PARAGAMES