THE country’s sports officials and sports fans from all walks of life rally behind Filipino athletes in their campaign in the coming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea when they join the ‘Walk-a-Mile’ activity on Sunday (May 11).
The ‘Walk-a-Mile’ aims to drumbeat support for Filipino athletes competing in the Incheon Asiad set September 19-October 4. A total 437 events in 36 sports will be played in the 17th edition of the quadrennial meet.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ricardo ‘Ritchie’ Garcia expects more than 1,000 participants in the pep rally which starts at the Roxas Boulevard area fronting the Malate Church (near Max’s and Aristocrat restaurants) and ends in front of the statue of national hero Jose Rizal at the Luneta.
Among the participants are national athletes and coaches, PSC employees, PSC and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials, participants in the weekly Laro’t Saya sa Luneta, and other representatives from other sectors.
Assembly time is at 5:30 a.m. with the morning rally expected to start at 6:15 am. A total of 1.5 kilometers (one mile) will be covered, according to project director Guillermo Iroy, also the PSC’s executive director.
The Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee will be represented by Myoungyi Yeo, Yu Byungjin, Heo Kwang Woo, Park Sang Suk and Son Sangjin.
Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) officials Vahid Karnady and Jian Zhou will also be present during the affair.
Aside from Garcia and POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco, also delivering a speech is Mike Cojuangco-Jaworski, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the Philippines.