Duterte sends off PH delegation to 18th Asian Games in Indonesia
Assuring the government’s continued support for the country’s sports development, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday sent off the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.
Duterte hailed the 272 Filipino athletes in 35 categories, whom he described as some of the “most dedicated and passionate athletes of our country today,” as a “testament to the indomitable Filipino spirit.”
With their values of integrity, resilience, and sportsmanship, the Chief Executive wished the athletes “all the best” in their pursuit of the gold.
Noting their preparations with the Philippine Olympic Committee and its partners, Duterte said that all that the country is asking from the athletes is to win fair and square.
“All I ask from you is that you do your best and that you do it fair and square,” Duterte said during the send-off ceremony for the 18th Asian Games delegation at Malacañang on Monday.
“In return, trust that we in government will continue to support the development of our athletes and intensify our commitment towards sports excellence, global competitiveness and the greater glory of your country, the Philippines,” he said.
Motivating the Philippine contingent, Duterte reminded them that “every victory you bring back home is shared by the nation.”
“As I send off these men and women into the Asian Games, remember that you do not only compete for yourselves, but also carry with you the pride of your families, your community and the entire Filipino nation,” Duterte said.
“We pray for your well being and hope for your successful trip and also a safe return to the country,” he said. “I wish you the best luck at mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino.” /vvp
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