The Renaissance of Philippine Sports

In this 30th edition of the SEA games, various gold medals are at stake in 56 sporting disciplines, which is significantly higher than the average of 45 sports in the biennial event. The Philippines stamped its dominance in arnis, dance sport and obstacle course events where it bagged most, if not all, of the possible gold medals.

The Philippines has taken the sporting world by storm in its hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The country successfully hosted the SEA Games Opening Ceremonies at the Philippine Arena, the world's largest indoor stadium. The Opening Ceremonies was trending worldwide as Filipino artistry and culture was on full display with amazing performances by the country's best local artists and dancers. The Olympic Council of Asia even hailed the passion and energy of the opening ceremonies, prompting invitations for the Philippines to bid for the hosting of the 2030 Asian Games.

In the first six days of competition, the Philippines has also racked up gold medals and almost doubled the gold medal count of its nearest competition. In this 30th edition of the SEA games, various gold medals are at stake in 56 sporting disciplines, which is significantly higher than the average of 45 sports in the biennial event. The Philippines stamped its dominance in arnis, dance sport and obstacle course events where it bagged most, if not all, of the possible gold medals.

Many are looking at our current performance as a renaissance of Philippine Sports. While the early mishaps were met with severe criticism,the country has rallied behind athletes and organizers alike to mount an unparalleled hosting of the SEA Games.

It is imperative for the leadership of Philippine Sports to continue building on the momentum of our SEA Games hosting.

Many athletes who competed in the SEA Games are vying for medals in the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Inspired by their performance in the recently concluded games, they are looking to bring home the country's first ever gold medal in the Olympics. We must rally support for their quest to be the world’s best.

Our performance has also inspired many groups to jump in and support our sports programs.

Recently, sports facilities and educational institutions have been opened to cater to interested and talented individuals. The positive performance of Filipino athletes will likely encourage more private sector support, particularly to fund their participation in international meets and competitions. Engagement in lesser-known but gold-producing sports is expected to increase due to the exposure it gained during the SEA Games.

We have proven that we can be a successful host of international sporting events with a united front and back. Apart from the SEA Games, we also won the bid to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup. It is not impossible for us to dream that we will one day host the Asian Games, and the Olympics. With the collaboration of the government, sporting agencies and bodies, athletes, and fans, we have the capability to host and stage world-class events with our top-notch venues. At the end of the day, all it takes is unity, camaraderie and teamwork, which are critical elements that sports promote, to be successful.

 

For now, congratulations to us all! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Atletang Pilipino’t Pilipina!

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Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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