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Bong Go highlights importance of investing in grassroots sports development

March 28, 2023 People's Journal 124 views

Bong GoSENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go personally attended the Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions at Okada Manila in Parañaque City where he highlighted the importance of investing in the country’s sports development particularly in the grassroots.

The event was held to honor the legacy of the legendary Filipino boxer, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, and to celebrate the best professional and amateur boxers in the Philippines. Also in attendance was former senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

In his speech, Go praised Elorde for not only being a legendary boxer but also a source of inspiration for many Filipinos, including himself who continues to advocate for sports and support athletes.

“Bata pa ako, idol ko na si Flash Elorde. Parati ko pong naririnig. Inspirasyon s’ya sa boxing noon pa, kabilang si Manny Pacquiao, who is now a boxing legend himself,” said Go.

He emphasized the importance of keeping Elorde’s legacy alive and mentioned the continued dedication of the Elorde family in promoting boxing among the youth and supporting aspiring athletes.

“Lumilikha sila ng mga oportunidad para sa ating mga kabataan at atleta upang maabot ang kanilang potensyal sa naturang larangan,” said Go.

The senator assured that as Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, he fully supports these efforts of providing more access to sports facilities and programs in communities and by supporting Filipino athletes who compete in various international competitions.

For one, Go mentioned the incentives given to Filipino athletes by former president Rodrigo Duterte during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and previous Southeast Asian Games, aside from those mandated by law.

“It may be a small amount, but it is a great honor for our athletes to receive recognition from the government,” he said.