Yeng Guiao wants House probe of Team Philippines' poor showing at Asian Games
October 9, 2014 7:25pm
Pampanga Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao — former coach of the national team — has asked Congress to probe the dismal performance of the Philippine team in the 17th Asian Games in South Korea, where it placed 22nd out 37 countries.

House Resolution 1550, filed by Guiao on Tuesday, calls on the House Committee on Youth and Sports to investigate the measly medal haul of the Philippine delegation to determine how the country can improve preparations for future international sporting events.

The Philippine team concluded its Asian Games stint with a single gold medal courtesy of Daniel Caluag in BMX cycling. The country managed to snag another three silver medals and 11 bronze medals in other sports categories.

Guiao, who also coaches the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the PBA, noted the Philippine delegation’s performance has not improved from the previous Asiad games held in China in 2010, where it finished in 17th place. The national team’s finish in the 2014 Asian Games is reportedly its worst in the last 20 years.

The lawmaker said the probe may help the country’s sports officials determine if there is a need to refocus attention on sports where Filipinos can truly excel and to improve athletes’ chances of getting more medals in international competitions.

“The result of our 2014 Asian Games campaign should be an eye-opener for our sports officials on the need to go back to the drawing board to determine what else can be done to improve our performance,” he said.

Guiao stressed the need for the government to craft a “clearer and more focused national sports program” to prepare athletes for international sporting events such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Olympics.

 “There is also a need to review the training and support given our athletes by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and private sponsors, through their individual National Sports Associations, to find out appropriate interventions,” he said.

The government also has to ensure that athletes are given enough support to help them in their quest of earning gold medals for the country, Guiao said.

Malacañang earlier expressed its disappointment regarding the lackluster performance of the Philippine National Team in the 2014 Asian Games, with Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. saying the PSC focus on sports where Filipino athletes have a competitive edge. — JDS, GMA News

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