Malacañang not impressed with PH's Asiad result

By Dugout Philippines

The executive branch of the Philippine government expressed unhappiness about the Philippine team's stint in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

"...hindi po tayo nalulugod doon sa naging resulta ng Asian Games," DOTC Secretary Herminio Coloma told DZRB, a government-owned radio station.

The Philippines only won a lone gold medal courtesy of BMX rider Daniel Caluag along with three silvers and 11 bronzes, good for 22nd place, the worst finish ever in the 63-year history of the games.

One of the highlights of Team Pilipinas' slump was Gilas Pilipinas' seventh place finish in the basketball competition, its worst finish ever.

The Filipino contingent also ranked seventh among ASEAN countries, surprisingly overtaken by Myanmar, which usually struggles in the SEA Games.

The Burmese team, despite winning only four medals in the Asiad, won two golds.

Coloma called out the Philippine Sports Commission to become better in providing training for the athletes.

"...marami pa ang dapat gawin ng ating Philippine Sports Commission para mapahusay ang performance ng ating mga manlalaro," he said.

Coloma also said, “Ang paniwala po ng ating Pangulo[ng Noynoy Aquino] diyan ay maaari naman siguro tayong mag-focus ng resources doon sa ilang sports na mayroon talagang competitive advantage ang mga Pilipino at maaaring magpakita ng kahusayan.”

Coloma also said that Aquino also thought that the continuous partnership of the government and the private sector will further boost the athletes.
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