TERRORISM has no place in sport.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Pilipinas Sepak Takraw Federation, Inc. (PSTFI) have condemned the recent bus bombing in Maguindanao that injured several student athletes and a coach who was due to join his national invitational tournament. organized in Dipolog City.
“The PSC strongly condemns this act of terrorism. There is no justification for deliberately causing pain to anyone, especially ones that could eventually turn deadly like this bombing. This cowardly act aimed at terrorizing the public included athletes among its victims whose budding sporting future is unfairly clouded by this horrific atrocity,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez.
“We are praying for the speedy recovery of all injured. Terrorism has no place in sport,” he added.
“PSTFI strongly condemns the bombing of a bus running from Cotabato City to Dipolog carrying student-athletes and the coach of sepak takraw,” PSTFI President Karen Tanchanco-Caballero said in a statement. a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this wanton attack on innocent people. Our players are just young men wanting to play sports in hopes of representing our country in the next 12 years.and ASEAN School Games,” she added.
Fortunately, the coach and three athletes, who would have represented Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, suffered only minor injuries and mental trauma.
“All four of us are safe and John Paul Capio is stable. He suffered foot injuries. He is one of the hard working athletes in our Bangsamoro Sepak Takraw association,” said Ben Snow, the victims’ coach.
Mr Caballero said they were now in contact with the victims and pledged to provide assistance.
“These acts of terrorism have no place in sport and our sepak takraw family feels the families of the victims and that the PSTFI will contact them for any help we can provide,” Mr Caballero said.