Press Release
August 14, 2012


Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan urges the government to review the tenets of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee, as the country failed in its bid for medals in the 2012 Olympics in London.

"Not since 1996 have we won any medal in the Olympics. We should review the efforts of the PSC and POC and make sure that they are efficient and effective. There could be some things that we fail to implement, and things we are taking for granted. Let us do this for the sake of our athletes," Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan, a former university varsity player, earlier sent a statement of full support to the Philippine delegates to the London Olympics. He adds that the athletes who competed "have shown valiance and 'competitive heart' worthy of becoming Olympians, and that the government must ensure that it provides these athletes the tools to ensure victory in the next campaign."

"Representing the country is a huge undertaking. We must prepare our athletes for the pressure of competing on a global scale and do all that we can to provide them the necessary tools and skills to ensure victory. Sending delegates to international competition is akin to sending diplomats to foreign countries. There are certain minimum standards that we must always strive to achieve if we want the rest of the world to take us seriously in sports."

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