PSC bares top 10 Filipino ath­letes

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MANILA — The Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) has an­nounced the 10 ath­letes who will be en­shrined in the 2018 Sports Hall of Fame.

Ly­dia de Vega-Mer­cado, who was dubbed as Asia’s fastest woman in the 1980s, is among those to be en­shrined, along with Josephine dela Vina (ath­let­ics); for­mer Sen­a­tor Am­bro­sio Padilla and Loreto Car­bonell (bas­ket­ball); Filomeno “Boy” Codin­era, Jr. (base­ball and softball); Rafael “Paeng” Ne­po­mu­ceno, Olivia “Bong” Coo and Lita dela Rosa (bowl­ing); Er­bito Salavar­ria (box­ing), and Ben Arda (golf).

“It was not easy to choose the Top 10. We have so many great ath­letes,” said PSC chair­man William “Butch” Ramirez dur­ing the press con­fer­ence at the PSC build­ing in Malate, Manila on Fri­day.

Ramirez heads the screen­ing com­mit­tee com­posed of Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tive Edgar Pic­son; Philip­pine Olympian As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Akiko Thom­son-Gue­varra; Games and Amuse­ment Board rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dioscoro Bautista Jr.; Na­tional Sports As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives Bernardo Atienza (bas­ket­ball) and Pearl Managuelod (Muay Thai); and Philip­pine Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ed­uardo Cat­a­cu­tan. (PNA)

SPAIN’S Rafael Nadal (L) and Ser­bia’s No­vak Djokovic wave at the end of an ex­hi­bi­tion game dur­ing ‘Kids Day’ on The Philippe Cha­trier Court in Paris on May 26, 2018, on the eve of The Roland Gar­ros 2018 French Open ten­nis tour­na­ment.

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