Ramon Fernandez eyes summit with athletes, media

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Ramon Fernandez

Rick Olivares

Posted at Oct 30 2016 12:23 PM

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MANILA — The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is going out with guns blazing with its newfound verve for change across the board in Philippine sports.

Aside from calling for change at the top, the PSC is also looking to address concerns below.

Just this past week, the PSC had a dialogue with various national sports associations (NSAs) about changes and concerns in general and well as specific to each sport. This author learned that PSC chairman William Ramirez has reached out to various stakeholders to discuss and resolve various concerns and issues including foreign athletes in collegiate sports to name one.

Ramirez has reached out to all collegiate leagues across the country for a dialogue on concerns and issues.

“The NSAs we spoke to are all open to change,” divulged former professional basketball player and new PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez. “I think that if we are going to ask for change, let it be wholesale and across the board. One-time na lahat para sabay-sabay ‘yung pagbabago and moving forward.”

Fernandez also discussed with this writer a new and different avenue — a summit that will be organized via region where athletes and media will also be heard.

“That is a new and different perspective. Previously, we only heard from officials. Now we will hear from a different perspective,” said Fernandez in a phone interview on Sunday.

Fernandez occasionally flies to Manila for proper PSC business but prefers to be based in Cebu where he can address regional concerns.

“I believe that listening and holding dialogues with athletes and local media will provide us with new information that is on the ground, fresh, and not sanitized by what is submitted on paper by sports officials. The media are also watchdogs with a unique perspective. I believe that there will be a happy middle ground for all officials, athletes, and media to come up with a formula for success,” he said.

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.)

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