Wanted: New PSC Chair

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WHO will be the next president of the sports commission of the Philippines?

With President William “Butch” Ramirez set to step down as head of the government’s sports agency on June 30, some names have emerged as his possible successor.

Among those reportedly eyeing the PSC leadership position are former PBA commissioner Noli Eala and outgoing Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra.

Also mentioned are sepak takraw chief Karen Tanchanco Caballero, general secretary of kick boxing Wharton Chan and squash chief Robert Bachmann, whose late father, basketball player and businessman Kurt Bachmann, was close to the Romualdez.

Ramirez, 72, has made it public that he is no longer interested in leading the PSC again after his highly successful tenure in the position, although he is open to being an adviser to the new president.

Whoever is named PSC chairman will be hard to keep up with, given the government sports agency’s achievements under Ramirez’s leadership.

Fueled by huge remittances from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. at PSC before the pandemic, Filipino athletes flourished and made their mark in the international game under Ramirez.

The country had its most successful Olympics outing, starting with the silver medal won at the Rio Olympics in 2016 by weightlifter Hidylin Diaz, who outdid himself with a decisive gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year.

The Filipinos also won two silver medals from boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam as well as a bronze medal from boxer Felix Marcial.

The Philippines also had one of their most productive moments at the 2018 Asian Games, highlighting the “power of women” with four gold medals thanks to Diaz, the women’s golf team consisting of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Louise Kaye Go who swept both team and individual. events, and the irrepressible skateboarder Margielyn Arda Didal.

Philippine betting reclaimed the overall crown at the 30th SEA Games in the country with a sparkling record of 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze.

Diaz, Didal, gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo and pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena were among the athletes who thrived and excelled in international play in their respective disciplines thanks to the full support of the PSC during Ramirez’s administration.

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