PSC woman exec bares plans to honor female athletes

MANILA – Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Celia Kiram is looking to commend women who have excelled in sports.

In the PSC Chatroom podcast on Saturday, Kiram bared that she is considering putting up a means to honor the female athletes in the near future.

"Meron akong iniisip na magkaroon kami ng mga parangal sa mga kababaihang atleta natin (I have something in mind in which we will hand out honors to our female athletes)," Kiram said.

She then said that this awarding event will be different from the general awards the PSC is giving to the athletes.

The recent years saw a huge surge in female athletes giving glory to the Philippines.

The main highlight of this was weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz's silver medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

Two years later, Diaz led the Philippines' gold medal charge in the Asian Games in Jakarta.

The 2018 Asian Games also began skateboarder Margielyn Didal's road to prominence as well as golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Kaye Go.

All of the Philippines' four golds in the Asian Games came from these athletes.

Last year's Southeast Asian Games also saw the dominance of the likes of taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez and second generation athlete Jamie Lim of karatedo.

Other notable events involving female athletes are the RP Blu Girls' recent dominance that put them just within arm's reach of the Top 10 in the world softball rankings and Nesthy Petecio's gold medal in a world boxing event.

Irish Magno is also expected to be recognized for earning a slot in the Tokyo Olympics Games which was reset in 2021 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)

Magno is the first Filipina boxer to qualify for the Olympic and one of the four athletes who have so far qualified in the Tokyo Olympics after fellow boxer Eumir Marcial, gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole-vaulter EJ Obiena.

Once this will finally push through, Kiram said this awarding ceremony will serve as a boost for the female athletes in the future. 

Date: June 29, 2020 | By: Ivan Saldajeno | Newspaper: PNA | Source: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1107268