By Wilnard Bacelonia

SEA GAMES SEND-OFF. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (center) leads the send-off ceremony for the Philippine delegation to the 32nd Southeast Asian Games at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on April 24, 2023. He was joined by (from left) Philippine Olympic Committee official and Leyte 4th District Rep. Richard Gomez, Philippine Sports Commission chair Richard Bachmann, and Philippine Olympic Committee president and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino. (PNA photo by Rey Baniquet) 

MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go commended on Wednesday the performance of the Filipino athletes who participated in the 32nd South East Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia.

Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Sports, expressed his gratitude to the athletes citing the Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team who regained their grip on the top as the powerhouse of basketball in the SEA Games.

Congratulations sa pagkapanalo ng Gilas Pilipinas na nakasungkit ng gintong medalya sa men’s basketball competition nitong Martes, May 16. Talagang masarap sa pakiramdam na nakabawi tayo sa Indonesia, nakabawi pa tayo sa (Congratulations to Gilas Pilipinas for winning the gold medal in men’s basketball competition this Tuesday, May 16. It is a good feeling that we have regained our excellence over Indonesia and) Cambodia,’ Go said in his statement.

He said the win should also be a morale booster for Gilas Pilipinas which will be joining the upcoming FIBA World Cup this year to be hosted by the Philippines.

Go said he is proud of the Filipino athletes’ success which is also a big win for all Filipinos.

Maipagmamalaki natin ang kanilang naging dedikasyon, disiplina at angking talento para maipakita sa buong mundo ang kanilang husay at ang pusong Pilipino na lumalaban hanggang dulo (We can be proud of their dedication, discipline, and talent to show the world their skills and heart of a Filipino fighting until the end),” he said.

Over 6,200 athletes from 11 countries in the SEA region participated in the 32nd SEA Games which was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this year with a total of 584 events from May 5 to 17, 2023. (PNA)