Noli Eala confirms he's leaving PSC as Dickie Bachmann's arrival looms

Noli Eala is no longer the PSC chairman. PSC (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Noli Eala confirmed on Wednesday night that he has already stepped down as chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission amid reports that President Bongbong Marcos has chosen Dickie Bachmann to be his successor.

Eala served as PSC's chief for four months.

"My brief stint in the PSC gave me an opportunity to serve with passion in a field I hold close to my heart. With all humility, I can say that I gave dignity and respect to the position of Chairman and worked tirelessly for Philippine sports," Eala said in a statement.

The renowned sportscaster then said that he is already aware of the development and is accepting it without any grudge.

"Thank you, President Bongbong Marcos, for affording me the chance to help Philippine Sports rise to greater heights. I serve under the pleasure of the president and I fully respect his decision. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our sports leaders who gave their unwavering support," Eala further said.

Although he didn't explicitly mention Bachmann, Eala wishes him well even as he said that he is leaving the PSC with a legacy of caring for the national athletes.

"I wish the new chairman of the PSC all the best. As I leave, I am at peace knowing that in the months I served, I cared for all our athletes and Philippine Sports like no other," the statement concluded.

Meanwhile, Walter Torres and Edward Hayco have been appointed as new PSC commissioners.

Torres was the Philippine team's chef de mission for the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, while Hayco was a longtime chairman of the Cebu City Sports Commission.

PSC commissioner Bong Coo and deputy executive director Merlita Ibay formally welcomed the two earlier Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.

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