Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go congratulated Team Philippines for its exemplary performance in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The country’s delegation was awarded as the overall champion of the Games after harvesting a whopping 387 medals, comprised of 149 gold medals, 117 silver medals and 121 bronze medals, during the closing ceremony on Wednesday evening at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
Go, who is also the chair of the Committee on Sports in the Senate, said in his statement that he is grateful for the efforts of all the athletes who participated in the biennial sports meet.
“My heartfelt thanks to the Filipino athletes who brought honor to our country,” Go said.
“I salute our athletes, our coaches and their trainers who prepared them hard for this competition,” the senator added.
Go also commended the parents and families of the athletes and coaches who continuously supported the delegation throughout the Games. He also recognized the support of the Filipino nation for the successful hosting.
“I also commend the parents and families who supported their sons, daughters and relatives in the Games. I acknowledged their contributions to the society. I admire them for providing inspiration to the youth,” Go said.
The Philippine delegation broke its own record of gold medal count in the entire SEA Games history. On the eighth day of the 2019 sports meet, Team Philippines already claimed more than 137 gold medals as compared to its 1991 record of 91 gold medals.
Team Philippines has also surpassed its high-time record of 290 medals which the country’s top athletes claimed in 2005. At the end of this year’s edition of the Games, the country’s sports delegation garnered a total of 387 medals.
“Our being the over-all champion is convincing proof that as long as we work as one, we will win as one!” Go said.
“From the very start of the SEA Games, I called on everybody to unite to support our athletes in the SEA Games. If we help each other, the results will be good as well as our service to the public,” he added.
The senator also praised the efforts of the government in supporting the training and assistance of the country’s delegation. He said that the government has invested so much in programs, financial support and facilities to steer the athletes towards success.
“Our players are in high morale because of evident government support,” Go said adding that athletes who won in their respective games will also be conferred with the Order of Lapu-Lapu award by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself, on top of the other incentives that will be awarded to them, including those provided under Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.
Go also highlighted that the nation has a vast potential in sports and urged the government to continue enhancing its sports development programs particularly in providing sufficient support for local athletes and in promoting sports in the grassroots.