RAMON Fernandez has been appointed as chef de mission of the Philippines in the 31st Southeast Asian Games to be held this year in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Philippine Olympic Committee made the appointment following its first executive board meeting under the new term of president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino.
The PBA legend who is now PSC Commissioner will oversee the country’s preparation and participation in the SEA Games.
PSC chairman William Ramirez was the chef de mission when the Philippines won the overall championship in the SEA Games in 2019 by winning 149 gold medals, which Fernandez hopes to duplicate in Vietnam.
“I’m humbled and honored to be appointed,” said Fernandez. “I will work hard to live up to the challenge and duplicate the success that chairman Butch Ramirez was able to accomplish. With his help and guidance, we will still be able to perform well in Vietnam.”
Fernandez has experience in multisports competition but as an athlete. Aside from carrying the colors in the Asian basketball championships, Fernandez was part of the Philippine team that bagged the silver medal in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.
He also saw action in the 1974 Asiad in Tehran.
Fernandez said Tolentino has already informed him about the appointment and will attend the POC’s first general assembly of the year later this month.
This year’s SEA Games will be held from November 21 to December 2 with organizers determined to push through with the event amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.