Chef de mission Romasanta says PH Olympians in Rio 'best delegation I've ever been a part of'
The PH contingent in the Rio Olympics hear mass inside the Athletes' Village. Jerome Ascano

RIO DE JANEIRO — With the formal opening of the Olympics just days away, the Philippine team took a short break from training to bow down in prayer while they received uplifting messages on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at the Athletes Village.

The entire Philippine delegation heard mass officiated by a priest from this predominantly Catholic country who emphasized the value of thanking the Lord for the gift of qualifying for the world’s biggest sports conclave.

“Our efforts in training, all the difficulties and struggles, we have to praise the Lord with the gift,” said the priest.

Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta, the country’s chief of mission to the Olympics, then lauded the athletes for their hardwork and dedication to represent the country, saying this is the happiest and best batch of delegates he has ever been a part of.

“The reason I’m here is because of you. It’s an honor and a privilege to be the chef de mission of the Philippine delegation. This is probably the best delegation I’ve ever been a part in. It’s a very happy batch as well,” Romasanta said.

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