There is now a growing clamor for our Pambansang Kamao to retire. With nothing more to prove, and so much more to lose, perhaps it is time for him to move on.
What were the main ingredients that contributed to the winning ways of our athletes in the recent Olympics? There were many reasons ventured, but 2 points stood out as the main catalysts in the changing environment in Philippine Sports.
The Olympics gifted us with so many touching episodes of sportsmanship, of relationships nurtured amidst friendly strife, and above all, of our love and concern for our fellowmen. Forget the financial implications, forget achieving victory at all cost. It is in this Olympics that we are finally starting to realize its modern-day objective “to bring the athletes around the world in one place where they can spread peace and friendship with no discrimination in race and gender”.
Carlo’s switch in strategy only served to benefit the brawling Galal. Carlo would occasionally come up with good combinations to spice up the exchanges; but the pace, the fighting space, the fighting style simply favored Galal. Instead of moving like a matador in a bullfighting spectacle, he was now simply another plodding bull stalking a bigger, badder bull.
Hidilyn’s feat has opened the door for more Filipinos to go for glory. Previously, the elusive gold had seemed like an impossibility, a distant dream that could never be realized. Now, that barrier has finally been breached!
The Olympic Games have finally opened, despite the frustrations, the issues and concerns from some sectors. The trepidations remain, but the Japanese – known for their resilient and mature ways – are stepping up to the plate to take a bat for all of humanity. Japan, once viewed as a villain with its greedy ambitions in World War II, is now taking the cudgels for the world.