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Batocabe calls for Bicol sports summit after weak ‘Palaro’ finish

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It’s high time Bicolano politikos sit down together in a sports summit and chart a course for their athletes’ path to glory.

AKO-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe gave this suggestion Monday (May 1) following team Bicol’s failure to finish in the Top 10 of the just-concluded Palarong Pambansa 2017.

“I propose that we call for a sports summit to discuss the direction of Bicol sports and to institutionalize programs that may be feasibly implemented by local government units,” Batocabe said.

He said that such programs must be “long- term, sustained and cost-efficient.”

“We are not wanting in talents. As sports records would show, Bicol has produced a lot of sports geniuses. As a matter of fact, one of the earliest Filipino Olympic medalist was a Bicolano, Miguel White,” the congressman said.

White, who is from Legazpi, Albay, won a bronze medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He competed in the 400 meter hurdles.

“We just have to focus and support a sustainable grassroots sports program. As it is, we only practice if there are competitions,” noted Batocabe.

Bicol placed 11th in this year’s staging of the Palaro in Antique. Last year, in their own backyard of Albay, the Bicolano athletes also placed 11th.

Team Bicol won nine gold medals this year compared to eight in 2016.

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