Chito Loyzaga appointed head of mission of the PH team in Cambodia SEAG

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The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has named basketball legend and now baseball federation president Joaquin “Chito” Loyzaga as chef de mission for the Philippines team at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia. next year.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino also named sambo association head Paolo Tancontian and canoe-kayak head coach and international technical official Leonora “Len” Escalante as Loyzaga’s assistants during the SEAs. Games from May 5 to 16.

“Their management of their respective NSAs [national sports associations] and their management skills make them worthy of the positions,” said Tolentino, who also announced this weekend that Cambodia is hosting 608 events with the Philippines set to compete in all 49 sports on the schedule.

“I would like to express my gratitude to POC Chairman Bambol for his confidence in me leading the Philippine delegation to the SEA Games in Cambodia,” said Loyzaga, 64, a former commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission and currently President of the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association.

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“It’s a big challenge for the Philippines to perform well, as well as for other countries, because of the number of sports favoring the host country,” said Loyzaga, who was CDM assistant at the 2010 Asian Beach Games. It will be very difficult.”

Escalante was surprised at the appointment but easily accepted the responsibility.

“I thank the COP for their confidence and rest assured that I will do my best to be excellent,” said Escalante, a member of the national team who last won a gold medal in women’s volleyball at the SEA Games in Singapore in 2003. “It’s a privilege, so I will do my best to complete my task.

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“This is another milestone in my career. I couldn’t be more grateful to Almighty God and to the people who believe in me,” said Tancontian, president of the Philippine Sambo Federation. trust and responsibility entrusted to me, I am sincerely grateful. I accept this challenge with humility and determination.

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Loyzaga and his deputies will officially take office after the POC General Assembly on September 28.

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