MANILA, Philippines – William “Bach” Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, is undoubtedly the most skilled chief executive in the history of the state sports body, with an endless list of brilliant credentials in his biography.
And as his term draws to a close at the end of the month, Ramirez wants nothing less than a successor who is able to navigate the dynamics of the Philippine sport for the next six years than he was able to perform.
“I want to take care of someone who is stronger and better than me,” Ramirez said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum on Tuesday in the PSC conference room inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
“I will only volunteer as an advisor, as I still have a lot to share,” added Ramirez, under whose administration the country won its two overall titles at the Southeast Asian Games in 2005 and 2019 and the country’s first Olympic gold medal. Courtesy. Weightlifter Hedlin Diaz.
According to Ramirez, the agency will benefit when a young new leader arrives, ready and willing to dedicate his time to the PSC and, most importantly, to the athletes.
Ramirez pointed out that the next PSC chair should work efficiently with its commissioners in policy making, with the leadership of the Philippine Olympic Committee and with 50 national sports bodies under the auspices of the local Olympic body.
“I urge the new administration to be cautious in appointing a new (PSC) chairman. He must give his heart and dedicate his time to the NSA and athletes and master the PSC Act (Republic Act 6847), “said Ramirez, who has been at the National Athletes Dormitory at PhilSports in Pasig City for the entire term.
He added that the agency’s relationship with the Department of Education and the local government unit is vital to the continued growth of grassroots development and stressed the need to seize political influence through direct access to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“If he is not influential and lacks the necessary knowledge, his learning curve could take up most of his time as chairman,” said Ramirez, who, after resigning, plans to devote most of his energy to the Mindanao sports program he founded. Did.
“This requires knowledge in elite and grassroots sports, it requires politics with LGU and DPED. It is a profession, not a business. Sport is a powerful inspiration for the people around to love this country, “added Ramirez.
He noted that the next PSC chair should initiate amendments to the PSC Act, especially those provisions which have already become obsolete since its passage in 1990, including clear policy on foreign training and relations between the organization and its partners.
“He should have an active and vigilant chairman, one who can claim the necessary things, but still be humble and forgiving,” Ramirez said.
A portion of Ramirez’s legacy was personally bridging the rift between Paul Walter Ernest John Obina and his mother, the NSA, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, which spread to the international sports arena.
“I have a lot to do in Mindanao, I like children’s games, I like indigenous games,” added Ramirez, whose children’s games were highly recognized by UNESCO as a model that should be emulated by developing countries.
Nevertheless, after being in office for more than two weeks before the new government took office on June 30, Ramirez left the door open for PH Sports and its athletes to continue their outstanding services.
“If asked to stay, it is difficult to refute the president,” Ramirez said.
PSC is in Thailand for its second term as head of the main agency, but given an extended opportunity, he wants to focus most of the PSC’s efforts on grassroots development and leave most of the elite athletes in the care of the NSA.
Ramirez was the overall title of both the SEA Games in the Chef de Mission country of the Philippines and he has been a staunch supporter of Diaz since Ramirez was in his first term as PSC chair at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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