Merry Christmas to everyone.
One cannot argue with success, and as part of his gift to his compatriots, President Duterte has pledged a special budget of 100 million pesetas for the Philippine campaign at the Tokyo Olympics next year.
There is no denying that the President's support is a happy addition to the rousing overall championship of the Philippine contingent at the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which have been superbly hosted by the country.
There is an even stronger push for Filipino sport, with people being swept away and inspired by the joyous victories at various venues during the SEA games.
Filipino sports blinded and zoomed up like a rocket.
This cannot be helped. But there are also people who feel scary about what to expect next for Filipino sport.
A great campaign was announced loud and clear to win the country's first Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Philippine Olympic Committee has also announced that it will apply to host the Asian Games.
Nevertheless, there are those who wonder whether the Philippines has honestly become the No. 1 in the region.
An elderly citizen who preferred to stay behind after the special holiday fair at Divine Mercy Shrine on Maysilo Drive in Mandaluyong City, turned this reporter on to express his concern.
The older guy in a light blue shirt, slim and awake, said he was amazed by the sudden outbreak, the dizzying jump to the SEA Games summit.
The curious elder, like many others who prefer to remain silent, would like to know whether the Philippines has been properly and appropriately fueled for the Olympic campaign.
You keep asking yourself: What does Filipino sport really have in its core?
Yes, there are many who refused to allow themselves to be carried away by the gang, the noise and the thundering cheers at the last SEA games.
The attentive old man wondered whether the successful organization of the last SEA games has miraculously brought about a strong national sport development program in recent decades.
Not exactly, he was told. Because the SEA Games with their fixtures and setups, their calendar and their schedules, which give the host an excessive advantage, cannot be a real measure of how strong a regional power has emerged, or they cannot be prepared for the real big tests which are offered at the Olympics and in the USA are the actual Asian Games.
The SEA Games are a central festival, a gathering and a regional sports festival, without fixed and strict rules for Olympic excellence.
At best, the success of the country's SEA Games, colorful and volatile, could be considered a new possible starting point, another reawakening.
How does a simple gold medal at the SEA Games relate to a shiny Olympic bronze?
Could all 149 gold medals harvested by the Philippines be or approximately match an Olympic gold medal?
There will be really noble victories, but these will only be available at the Olympic Games or at top-class competitions, not at casual and free-running regional gambling festivals.
The leap to the SEA Games summit is put to the test in an event in which the country is not blessed with the rough advantages of the hometown.
On the way to the next Olympic Games, the question remains: After your success at the SEA Games, did the Philippines gain enough fuel?
In fact, the big, solid winners in this case are the main political players, the main characters, whose approval ratings are zoomed like a holiday firework by the dazzling national sports company. INQ
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