Monday, July 27, 2015

Fair Play: A worthy act to follow

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 27 edition)
LAST year, when the school was involved in one of the biggest sports controversies in Cebu, I had a talk with SHS-Ateneo de Cebu athletic director Rico Navarro, on how their school officials were treating the controversy.

Remember the incident involving a parent in a youth football game? That was it.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fair Play: It's time to revive the Philippine Volleyball Federation

KNOWING how the Philippine Olympic Committee and other Johnny-come-latelies stepped in to solve the supposed mess that was Philippine volleyball, it’s quite surprising how they are all silent at the way how things are going on in the volleyball scene.
Double standard? Perhaps.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fair Play: A bigger pool of athletes, not Olympians

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 23 edition)
THERE is something wrong in Philippine sports, and sadly, most of the leaders either don’t want to address it or are busy pursuing other interests.

People tend to point out a lot that how come tiny nations of eight million people or even less manage to win more medals than a nation of 90 million. Surely, of our 90 million, we have that one gifted athlete who can win an Olympic gold?

Fair Play: A program Talisay City should support

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 22 edition)
TALISAY City-based swim coach Alfie Fernandez is achieving what some politicians only talk about come election time—helping kids through sports.

And these are actual under-privileged kids, not the kids who are the favorite of traditional politicos and are the subject of their "grassroots" program—those eligible to vote.

Last summer, he started a clinic for kids who hang out near the Talisay City public beach, most of them the sons of single moms. He trains them at the sea, against the flow of tide because using a pool means using money the coach doesn't have.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fair Play: SWU gets an A+ with star athletes' failures

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 20 edition)
THE LATEST news from the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. shows that after the excitement of the first semester, some players tend to forget why they are in school in the first place when the second semester rolls in.

I’m talking about the latest string of players who won’t be playing this season for forgetting the other part about being a student-athlete, and failing their subjects.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fair Play: Gullas eyes national funding for Talisay Sports Academy

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 18 edition)
I GOT a message from Rep. Samsam Gullas last Wednesday, a reaction to what I wrote last time (Politics will derail Talisay Sports Academy) and what the congressman said is music to a sports fan’s ear.

The Academy won’t be dependent on funds from Talisay City.

“I know politics will always play a part in the implementation of the sports academy, but for the funding, we could ask from the national government, which will be able to help us,” Samsam said in his message.

“If we will ask the funds from Talisay, it would be difficult even if the mayor is allied with me. They can help with the implementation of the policies, but in terms of funds for the infrastructure, we need to ask it from the national government, so it would be included in the GAA,” he said.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fair Play: Will politics derail Talisay City Sports Academy?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 15 edition)
LAST month, while we were groaning collectively at another miserable stint in the Southeast Asian Games, there was a major development in the local sports scene, one that's supposed to address the ills of sports in the country.

The Senate passed its version of House Bill 4461, originally authored by Cebu Rep. Samsam Gullas, establishing the Talisay Sports Academy and Training Center.

Sen. Sonny Angara, in approving the bill, hopes the Academy will be the premier primary sports development and training center in Cebu and hopes it would jumpstart grassroots development.

Yeah, right, and I'm going to be the next superstar in D'Voice Kids.

Fair Play: Donnie's legend continues

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 13 edition)

WHAT more can Donnie Nietes do? This unassuming guy from Negros, who fights out of the ALA boxing stable of Cebu City, just ran through what was supposed to be his biggest challenge to date, Mexican Francisco Rodriguez.

Unlike in his last four fights, Nietes didn’t get a knockout but he did more than enough to earn a unanimous decision win of 119-109, 118-110, and 115-113. The last score, curiously, is a lot closer for comfort.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fair Play: Donnie an old champ? Naaa

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 11 edition)
BRASH challenger Francisco Rodriguez knows his role perfectly--the visiting villain to the hometown hero.

Rodriguez, 21, called Donnie Nietes an old champion who should be ready to let the new blood take over, earning the ire of the down-to-earth champion.

Donnie, old? Naah. Older may be, in the sense that 33 is older than 21. But an old champion? No way Jose, or should I say, Paco.