by Kattryn Erryc Sayo and John Paul Marquez

Even with PNoy’s detailed summary of the country’s condition in his SONA, sports personalities and enthusiasts came out disappointed for they believe he must have acknowledged the greatness of the country’s athletes, especially now that the London Olympics is fast approaching.

                         These sportsmen think that citing the sport situation in the country is a must since there are many athletes that bring honor and glory in the country and that the SONA was a good time to give these athletes the recognition they all deserve.

                          Mr. Geronimo Clemente a coach of basketball in Bulacan State University (BSU) gave his reaction to that issue,“Hindi sila masyadong aware sa sports eh, hindi nila binibigyan ng importansya, pero ang laki ng naibibigay nito sa Pilipinas. Ang daming problema pero hindi pinansin. Dapat may improvement unang-una, in terms of training then 'yong mga facilities, syempre 'pag naglaro na sila sa mga national and international competitions, nakakaapekto sa performancesnatin 'yong mga facilities. Dapat 'yong mga nakaupo sa sports bigyan nila ng programang maganda, hindi 'yong basta may programa lang na ma-i-apply. Kaya napagiiwanan tayo. Dati nga raw sa basketball nung um-attend kami ng i sa SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) 'yong basketball ng Pilipinas nag-ranking na pang-54 sa buong mundo, napakababa nglevel natin although 'yong basketball dito sa atin ay number one sports, siguro ay mayroong konting problema samanagement at sa pamumuno ng mga lider na nakaupo. Magbigay sana ng training, yung makabagong training.

                         Mr. Norman Giron, a Physical Education professor in the same university also shared his feelings about the issue as a sports concern citizen. “Baka nakalimutan ng writer niya 'yong sports although maraming aspect din 'yong hindi binigyang pansin. Maaaring hindi sya sportsman although 'yong mga Aquino at Cojuango ay puro sportsmen at karamihan ng sports organization sila ang may hawak, nagtataka lang ako na 'yon pa ang nakalimutan.”

                       "Disappointing na hindi man lang nabanggit ang sports kasi alam naman natin na our national athletes are giving their all to represent the country well, tapos parang walang government support. We’re aware na maraming national concerns more worthy of the president’s attention, pero sana kahit in passing man lang, na-mention ang delegates natin,especially at this time na nalalapit ang London Olympics, said Patricia Perez, a Journalism major and sports writer from the University of Santo Tomas.

                         Queenie Mondejar, a BS Psychology student and a university athlete from Colegio de San Juan de Letran shared,“Nakakasama ng loob syempre, kasi kung sino pa ‘yong nagbibigay ng karangalan sa bansa natin sila pa ‘yong nakakalimutan.”

                      “The SONA was good, but I think it will be better if he included more happenings in other sectors in the country. Like ‘yong sports, para tuloy itong na-te-taken for granted. It’s sad kasi hindi man lang nabanggit especially that 2012 Olympics is on. There is a need to support our athletes to be more competent than the rest of the world,” said Nikko dela Cruz, taking up BS Secondary Education in CEU Mendiola.

                       However, Cedric Ruivivar, a MassCom student from CEU Malolos and a sports fanatic as well, opposed these ideas. He said, “Sa totoo lang, okay lang kahit hindi nabanggit ‘yong sports. Mas maraming bagay na dapat unahin kaysa sports. Sa dinami-rami ng problema ng bansa parang hindi na dapat ‘yon banggitin sa SONA.” 

 


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