MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero (1 Pacman) yesterday called on Filipino athletes competing in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia to rise to the challenge and dish out their best in their quest for sporting excellence in the quadrennial meet.
“Don’t be discouraged with what’s happening around and stay focused. If you failed the last time, use it as motivation to go deep this time,” said Romero. “Make full use of this opportunity to shine and be role models to aspiring Phl team members.”
With Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson failing to get a clearance from the NBA to anchor the national basketball team, Romero, vice chairman of the House Committee on Sports, challenges all Filipino athletes to play and fight with dignity.
“Winning medals of any color is not the ultimate prize but it is how you carry yourself and the manner you fight,” said Romero, also a shooting and polo enthusiast.
Having a mantra, according to Romero, is essential to one’s success since it will certainly lead them to become “gritty warriors” who know no fear despite facing great odds.
“No matter how tall the odds are, if one has a winning attitude and using perseverance as a mantra, he or she can hurdle all kinds of obstacles,” he added. “There is always a pressure to deliver a medal for the country but if one knows how to handle and read the situation he or she will succeed.”
The owner of NorthPort (formerly GlobalPort) team in the PBA, Romero is also hoping that other athletes will be accorded a fair share of attention they all deserve.
“I’m a little sad that other Asian Games-bound athletes are not getting enough encouragement,” said Romero. “Let’s all rally behind them.”
Romero plans to go to Indonesia and cheer for Filipino athletes, all seeking a place in history.
“If there’s nothing urgent matter to be done in the House, I will definitely go there and cheer for them,” he said.
Jakarta and the city of Palembang will jointly host Asia’s biggest sporting event starting on Aug. 18 with the country out to improve on its lone gold medal showing in Incheon, South Korea.