AMID the backlash of the country's poor performance in London, the Philippine Sports Commission insisted it should not be blamed for the athletes' medal-less campaign in the 2012 Olympic Games.
PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia said the government sports agency's mandate during the Olympics is limited to the funding of athletes picked by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the national associations.
At the same, Garcia said the programs he has started since he assumed the chairmanship less than two years ago, like the Philippine National Games and the Batang Pinoy, have yet to bear fruit.
“We have been here for only a little more than two years and it is only during our administration that we have started to implement certain programs for the development of sports,” Garcia said in the PSC's radio program on DZSR.
“The agency has nothing to do with the selection of athletes and training. Taga-pondo lang kami.
"Maraming sisihan and pointing fingers, but that's part of the game. We should review the things that we are doing and know what we should pursue in order to perform well in Rio (2016 Olympics)."
Garcia said that the national sports associations and even the athletes should now step up their level of play since the rest of the world is already improving, as proven in London.
“This should be a lesson to our NSAs and the athletes that the Olympics is really an event na hindi puwedeng salihan lang natin na iisipin na kaya nating manalo,” said Garcia.
The PSC head also said that traditional Olympic powers like the United States and China have improved dramatically that most Southeast Asian countries could no longer keep pace.
“Medyo nalungkot na hindi tayo nanalo ng medalya but records show that our neighbors didn’t perform well compared in the previous Olympics dahil gumaling na talaga ‘yung mga big countries,” said Garcia.
After the country’s debacle in the Olympics, Garcia is pushing for the Department of Education (DepEd) to allot more time for sports activity in the school's curriculum so that students can be exposed to athletic competition.
“If you look at other countries, they have school-based sports programs. We should push for schools to give them more time for sports so that we can develop athletes,” Garcia said.
“Before, we used to have physical education, intramurals and other competitions within the schools that is why we can discover talents,” he added.