More than gold: Pinoy surfer rescues Indonesian competitor in SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 6, 2019   •   2220

The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was able to witness the true spirit of sportsmanship and heroism.

Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay and Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat were about to battling gold medal for the men’s longboard open competition for surfing in La Union on Friday (December 6).

In an unfortunate incident, Nurhidayat broke his leash and was swept by the huge waves. Without having any second thoughts, Casugay immediately came to his aid.

According to a post of Jefferson Ganuelas, Casugay was able to rescue Nurhidayat.

“Indonesian longboard sensation @mencosss broke his leash and swept away and being pounded by triple overhead bomb waves at Monaliza Point. Local surfer @roger_casugay rescued him not minding the ongoing race for gold medal,” according to his post.

According to United Philippine Surfing Association, the competition is currently on hold.—AAC

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC

Olympians Petecio, Ando enlist in Coast Guard service

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has enlisted Tokyo Olympics 2020 Silver Medalist Nesthy Petecio and Olympian Elreen Ann Ando into the Coast Guard service.

A PCG statement said Petecio and Ando took their oath at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila on Thursday (August 19) that was witnessed by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Arthur Tugade.

During his speech, Secretary Tugade expressed his gratitude to Petecio and Ando for applying to become part of the PCG even before they competed at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

“Nesthy and Elreen, we welcome you in the ring of public service, especially in taking care of the safety and security of the Republic,” Tugade said.

Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Petecio hailed from Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur. She graduated with a degree in Associate Arts of Hotel and Restaurant Management (AAHRM) at the University of Baguio in May 2019.

Before bagging the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics, Petecio won the gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing in 2019 and competed at the Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. She also ranked second in the Women’s Featherweight (57 kilograms) Division at the AIBA World Rankings.

Meanwhile, Apprentice Seawoman (ASW) Ando, a resident of Cebu City, is currently taking up a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology at Cebu University.

Before competing at the Women’s 64 kilograms Weightlifting Division in the Tokyo Olympics, Ando won a silver medal at the Asian Championship held in Uzbekistan early this year and another silver medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019.

PO3 Petecio and ASW Ando will join the Coast Guard Special Service Office (CGSSO) – one of the PCG units at the National Headquarters.

PH gov’t OKs priority vaccination of delegates for Tokyo Olympics, SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government will prioritize the COVID-19 vaccination of Filipino athletes and other delegates participating in the Tokyo Olympics and Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the Technical Working Group’s recommendation to the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) to allow the early vaccination of athletes, coaches, delegates and officials who will represent the country in the two major sporting events.

Roque said the IATF approved the latest policy during a meeting on Thursday.

The Palace official also announced that the IATF likewise approved the conduct of a bubble-type training of athletes participating the said events “subject to the applicable guidelines of the Philippine Sports Commission, the Games and Amusement Board and the Department of Health.”

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The SEA Games, on the other hand, is scheduled to run from November 21 to December 2 in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the request of the Philippine Swimming Incorporated to host the 2021 Swimming National Selection Meet under a bubble-type format at the New Clark City Aquatics Center, Capas, Tarlac has also been approved by the IATF, Roque said.

“In this connection, the delegates of the National Selection Meet shall be considered as Authorized Persons Outside of Residence and shall be allowed interzonal travel,” he added.

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