Three-phased PSC national sports summit gets under way

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THE virtual national summit of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) gets under way on Wednesday with the end view of determining the present status of sports in the country and then charting the path to achieve excellence.

Titled “Sports Conversations,” the summit takes the form of a series of weekly conference-type online sessions to be hosted by the PSC via Zoom, running until May this year.

Originally scheduled for February last year at the Philippine International Convention Center, the 2021 national sports summit has been readjusted as a three-phased project.

It is aimed at taking insights of different sports stakeholders and using those as foundations in crafting a sustainable and workable short to long-term plan for Philippine sports.

The PSC said all data gathered from the Sports Conversations series will be processed and studied to create a new set of resolutions to be presented to sports leaders for action.

First to hold a session is United States Sports Academy (USSA) President T.J. Rosandich, who will talk about “Sports Success from a First World Perspective.”

He will be drawing from his experience as part of the academy, which is home to the likes of American-Israeli Olympic figure skater Aimee Buchanan and two-time national coach of the year Mike Leach. 

Also part of the first batch of session speakers are DAVNOR Sports Development Head Giovanni Gulanes, who will share his expertise on sports development programs in local government units (LGUs) on Feb. 4; Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) Dean of Philippine Sports Henry Daut, who played a role in PSC’s Sports Mapping Action Research Talent Identification (Smart ID) program and is to explore the topic as well as grassroots development on Feb. 11; and University of the Philippines professor Tessa Jazmines, who will lecture on the value of sports marketing on Feb. 28.

Mr. Rosandich’s session runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The PSC said Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Representative John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto will grace the opening ceremonies of the national sports summit. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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