PARTYLIST Rep. Mikee Romero (1 Pacman) on Sunday called on all athletes bound for Indonesia for the 18th Asian Games to have a winning attitude in their quest for sporting excellence.
“Don’t be discouraged with what’s happening around us and stay focused. If you failed the last time, use it as motivation to go deep this time,” said Romero. “Make full use of this opportunity to shine and be role models to aspiring PH team members.”
While much of the attention is on the failed bid of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to get the services of NBA player Jordan Clarkson, Romero, who is vice chairman of the House Committee on Sports, challenged all Filipino athletes to fight with dignity.
“Winning medals of any color is not the ultimate prize but it is how you carry yourself and the manner you fight,” said Romero, who is a shooting and polo enthusiast.
“No matter how tall the odds are, if one has a winning attitude and using perseverance as a mantra, he or she can hurdle all kinds of obstacles,” he added. “There is always a pressure to deliver a medal for the country but if one knows how to handle and read the situation, he or she will succeed.”
The owner of NorthPort (formerly GlobalPort) team in the PBA, Romero is also hoping other athletes will be accorded their fair share of attention.
“I’m a little sad that other Asian Games-bound athletes are not getting enough encouragement,” said Romero. “Let’s all rally behind them.”
A staunch ally of former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Romero plans to go to Indonesia and cheer for Filipino athletes.
“If there’s nothing urgent matter to be done in the House, I will definitely go there and cheer for them,” he said.
Jakarta and the city of Palembang will jointly host Asia's biggest sporting event starting on Aug. 18 with the country out to improve on its lone gold showing in Incheon, South Korea four years ago.