THE Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation (MVPSF) is looking to step up its support after sports it backed enjoyed a huge amount of success in the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Sports supported by the MVPSF contributed 35 to the record 149 gold medals the country won in regaining the overall championship of the biennial meet.
Among the gold winners include world champion Carlos Yu (gymnastics), Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting), Aiba world champion Nesthy Petecio (boxing), Asian Games gold medalists Margielyn Didal (skateboard) and Bianca Pagdanganan (golf), along with entries in basketball, cycling, rugby, and taekwondo.
In all, 78 medals including silver and bronze, were provided by sports under the care of the MVPSF.
“We’re proud to have played a part in the success of select Filipino athletes in the Southeast Asian Games as the different programs getting support from the MVPSF garnered 78 medals, 35 of which were golds,” said MVPSF president Al S. Panlilio.
“The MVPSF will not cease in its support of the Filipino athletes and the Philippines’ unrelenting quest to finally get an Olympic gold medal.”
Of the SEA Games gold medal winners funded by MVPSF, Yulo already clinched a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Diaz and Didal still needing additional points to qualify in the Summer Games.
“The best thing about winning 35 golds out fo the 78 medals from athletes that MVPSF supported is that a lot of our champions are strong Olympic hopefuls,” stressed Ryan Gregorio, executive director of the MVPSF.
“We’re proud of every athlete we supported and we’re hopeful for those who can carry our flag in Tokyo.”