THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officially appointed first vice president Jose Romasanta as the country’s chief de mission for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
And the former Gintong Alay project director’s first order of the day?
“The initial challenge is for the Philippines to have as many qualifiers as possible,” he said in a statement.
So far, only Eric Cray in athletics has earned for the country a berth in next year’s Summer Games.
Romasanta’s appointment was made official Wednesday through a letter by POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.
As chief of mission, Romasanta will be responsible for the overall preparation of the Philippine team to the Games, the organizational and implementation matters among coaches and team managers, and the internal and external communications with national sports associations and the organizing committee.
Currently the president of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI), Romasanta last served as chief of mission for the Philippines during the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.
The 31st edition of the Summer Games is set August 5 to 21.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as Rio 2016 Olympics CDM," said Romasanta.