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WE ARE HERE FOR THE ATHLETES
“We are not bound to leave, but we are exploring options that would benefit our athletes more,” thus was the statement of PSC Chairman William I. Ramirez today on questions about leaving the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex for a new training center.
The PSC is set to meet with Manila City officials to discuss options for both parties if ever the PSC vacates it present main training center in Manila.
Ramirez furthers that after thorough study and extensive consultations, they know that they will not settle for no less than 5 billion pesos, “in the meantime we are continuing our facility refurbishment and maintenance because these matters should never disrupt the training of our athletes”
Also discussed in the press conference was the supposed suspension of support to problematic NSAs.
Ramirez clarified that “athletes and coaches will continue to enjoy our support” while issues are threshed out with NSAs.
An arbitration committee has been installed to oversee efforts to clear unliquidated accounts, settle intra-organizational conflicts and other issues which affect the effective management of athletes. PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez said that ‘this is the right direction, to communicate with athletes”.
NSAs shall be given 30 calendar days to sit-down with the PSC arbitration committee to discuss possible solutions.
The executive board of the PSC was present in the press conference today.
Plans for the Baton Run for the Southeast Asian Games 2017 in Malaysia were also discussed by PSC Sr. Executive Assistant Ronnel Abrenica, who is heading the committee organizing this government to government initiative to celebrate “solidarity, peace and friendship among ASEAN nations”, according to Ramirez.
This is consistent with the country’s hosting of the ASEAN summit this year after President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the ASEAN chairmanship late last year.