The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) supports the ASEAN Sports Ministers’ initiative to add more Asian and Olympic events in future Southeast Asian Games editions.

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez disclosed this Tuesday, saying that the topic was part of the agenda in the 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS-6) scheduled Thursday.

“It’s a clear pathway. I see this as an efficient way to take as we prepare our national athletes for the Olympics while we are preparing them for the SEAG and the Asian Games,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez and PSC Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy will represent the country in the said virtual gathering.

Also to be tackled in the conference is the engagement of ASEAN member states and relevant stakeholders in initiatives on sports law, women in sports, capacity-building and anti-doping.

“There are five priority areas identified and a number of noteworthy recommendations for supporting activities. I am positive that sports is moving forward as it gets better recognized as an important pillar in nation building and growing a better and stronger ASEAN,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez, who chaired the AMMS-5 in 2019, will be joining the meeting along with sports ministers, senior officials and delegates from host Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

“This event posits another opportunity for the Philippines to adopt innovative ideas from our neighboring countries,” he said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (