Athletes to block PSC’s demolition

WITH or without Malacanang appointment, basketball luminary Chito Loyzaga announced his availability to help fellow sports officials on their quest for sports glory.

In fact, Loyzaga, son of cage great Caloy ‘The Big Difference’ Loyzaga, is the man behind the resurgence of baseball through the Philippine Baseball League which he organized the past two years.

“This Saturday opening ng aming third season and I’m proud and happy to tell that we gave our little contribution in baseball development. Hopefull, mas maging malawak pa ang involvement ko sa sports in the future,” said Loyzaga, who had a meeting with outgoing Philippine Sports Commission commissioner Eric Loretizo who he claimed a long-time acquaintance.

Loyzaga, however, quickly denied that his meeting with Loretizo is preparation for his impending appointment.

“Hindi ha!, private visits lang ito. Matagal na kaming magkasama sa trabaho ni Cong. (Loretizo),” said Loyzaga.

Indeed, he admitted being part of the group which was nominated by no less than Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco to replace the current five-man PSC Board.

Loyzaga said he accepted the offer to become one of the four commissioners when he was approached by Cojuangco saying ‘I want to help’.

“Yes I was nominated. I submitted by resume and supporting documents in Malacanang. It’s now up to the President to decided,” said Loyzaga.

Cojuangco urged President Noynoy, his nephew, to fill the void in the PSC so not to disrupt the training and preparation of the national athletes bound for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in November.

“The earlier, the better,” he said.

He named former PSC commissioner Richie Garcia as better replacement of chairman Harry Angping, while tennis prexy Buddy Andrada, little league official Jolly Gomez and former swimming champion Akiko Thomson as commissioners.

Loyzaga said that if ever he was appointed, his priority is to secure the welfare of the athletes who he claimed ‘the usual victims’ in sports politics.

As is it, members of the Athletes and Coaches Association of the Philippines (ACAP) is set to hold a protest march in front of the track oval at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex to stop what they called ‘illegal construction’ at the historic training venue.

Patafa president Go Teng Kok said he already instructed his legal counsel to file temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop PSC in tearing down the oval.

Described by Go as ‘midnight deal’, PSC chairman Harry Angpin made an agreement with La Salle management to convert the track oval into a football field.

“Sino ang makikinabang nito? Mga atleta ba o si chairman Angping lang?,” said Go

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