...t's hard to be a philippine athlete

Philippines
June 22, 2011 5:54am CST
I will admit that I am not a Philippine athlete of any sport and I cannot claim to know what they experience or their thoughts. But I feel for our athletes who are not supported by our government in their tournaments or competitions. Time and time again, we hear of athletes or teams who are always low in funds and have to find alternative funding just to participate in competitions here and abroad. The sports in our industry is under promoted, unappreciated and not constantly supported. Our athletes (save for Manny Pacquiao and perhaps the Azkals) are always at odds on the financial side on things instead of mentally prepaying themselves for their events. I wonder what will our future holds in the arena of sports if this situation continues...
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
22 Jun 11
i don't think pacquiao got his funding from the government. the reason he was supported by politicians is that they have vested interests. though he may be financed by politicians, it was from their personal pockets, not from the government funds. he was financed and supported by politicians because, well, it's gambling. and i wonder why the filipinos love the azkals when the popular ones were not even really filipinos. there was a time when these athletes were supported or maybe even prioritized by our government. that was the time of michael keon. though not much financially, the government's initiative was evident. ok, i don't know it firsthand. but i heard alot of "rumors" about it.
• Philippines
23 Jun 11
Well, I don't know how much politicians have their interests vested in Pacquiao and I hope that the funds he received do come form personal and not public. I am aiming for Pacquiao to give some from his winnings. I think he and his family is already living in luxury so there's no harm in giving to other athletes who need it (and not only tho those who are interested in boxing. As for the Azkals, I kinda understand why they are half-foreigners since soccer isn't really a Filipino thing (it's a European thing and Americans prefer baseball over soccer anytime). Filipinos are more into basketball than soccer, a reason why few Filipinos are interested in playing the game. I guess there was a time when the government was active in support but I guess that has already past.
@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
24 Jun 11
i agree to pacquaio giving financial support to other athletes. pretty much like elorde and some other sports greats. about the azkals, there are many full-blooded filipino soccer players out there. however, it was only the expats that are noticed. i guess most people love the players rather than the sport.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
22 Jun 11
Yup, I pity our athletes. They surely can't expect these athletes to bring us the gold medals because no solid support has been given by the government. I hope the government would show equal treatment to all our athletes. I've seen Azkals living a luxurious life as athletes. They even own a luxury van. What about the rest? I'm sure seeing this breaks their heart. I think Manny Pacquiao is our last hope. May he share his blessings even some more to these athletes.
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• Pune, India
22 Jun 11
hmm... ok point taken...
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• Philippines
23 Jun 11
I hope that some of our successful athletes do share their blessings. They're in the same clique,as they say so they know firsthand how hard it is to train and woo sponsors for their financial needs. Perhaps we should not place too much on the government for support since they aren't very effective in that arena. The only thing is these athletes play for the nation and some financial support will not hurt the government budget (unless there is already corruption). I mean, it's like a little acknowledgement and at the same time, aid for the athletes who try to compete fair and square against other nations.
• Pune, India
22 Jun 11
well isnt that the case with most of d developing or under developed nations..? that is the case in india too, thats where i am from.. there isnt much money in athletics.. no sponsers private or government..
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• India
22 Jun 11
agree with you buddy
• India
22 Jun 11
same is the case with all countries. every one has faced the same problems. the best thing to do is to keep doing what you are good at. and leave the rest to the almighty.. i am sure he has a plan. he might take a while to unviel it to you but he sure will soon. just stay patient.
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@jhaidro (878)
• Philippines
22 Jun 11
I think that soon enough there will be support for our athletes but I doubt that it will be from our government. We are facing tough times now and natural calamities are everywhere. Help is not easily given to people needing it. So I think that the sports will be of less priority for now. Taking into consideration that issues of corruption in our country, I think the chance of our athletes to have the support they need is slim. I am hoping still thou that the situation will be better.
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
23 Jun 11
I agree. The Philippines are definitely facing some tough times right now, and there are definitely places that would need the money even more than the athletes. There are thousands, maybe millions, starving, living in poor conditions. I think the government there should definitely take care of that first before it can begin to think about sponsoring sports and such. But the government isn't the only means of sponsorship; there are many others, and maybe there are ways to help them through other organizations or businesses.
• Philippines
23 Jun 11
I still hope. Perhaps not even in the monetary value but also in encouraging the youth to be exposed into sports. Every summer, there are children who want to learn sports but sometimes only private clinics are available. And private clinics usually have a fee or so before the the actual training. A law or an ordinance or even a barangay program is sufficient enough into exposing the youth to the concept. I'm not saying that the government should mandatory give money but also exposure.
• Philippines
23 Jun 11
i don't know about allocating funds for national athletes, i mean we already know that most government officials are corrupt, even those that are projects for the poor, they steal some of it.. it's better for private companies to support these athletes, the way smart is supporting azkals right now, maybe some other companies can support other athletes with a developing country like ours, first priority is to alleviate poverty, i think it's not really a priority to win an international event.
@SIMPLYD (84501)
• Philippines
23 Jun 11
Sports are not that much supported by the government because maybe they think that it will be a waste of money because we don't get golds or the highest honor. But once an athlete gets a gold or the highest price, that's the time that they will start giving them support in terms of money and sponsors. It's as if, show me what you got first, before you could be helped.
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
23 Jun 11
Yes, I understand. Here in the US, if you play a sport well, colleges and organizations will fight for you, and you can earn millions and millions of dollars. I WISH I could play a sport especially well. When applying to colleges, they almost EXPECT you to play a sport, or your chances go down. But then again, sports is highly emphasized in the states. I'm originally from China, and when watching the Olympics or any other sports competitions, we almost always cheer for the Chinese. China is still a developing country, but I think that it is well one its way to a developed country, so it is seeing the brighter side of sponsoring sports athletes and such. I guess it's the same case for all developing countries; they need the government funding for more important things, like building the infrastructure. But once they reach a certain point and have the means, they'll fund the athletics. But not to worry, there are things you can do. Our sports' government funding at our school was cut by a large amount, with all of the government cutbacks, so they barely have any to use. We worked hard by organizing people in our community to do fundraisers and walkathons to raise money to support our teams. I don't know if it's the same for professional athletes, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. Good luck to you!