Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Garcia hits ground running

NEW Philippine Sports Commission chief Richie Garcia intends to hit the ground running when he officially assumes his post next week, saying his first order of business is to create a task force that will work with the Philippine Olympic Committee in preparing the country’s team to the Guangzhou Asian Games in November.
Garcia, whose appointment papers as replacement of former Manila congressman Harry Angping was finally released by Malacanang yesterday, said the Asiad, just four months away, will be his priority.
"We will revive the practice of having a task force manned by POC and PSC personnel to discuss what we need for the Asian Games. We will focus on the needs of the athletes," said Garcia, a former national golfer and two-time PSC commissioner during the Estrada and Arroyo administrations.
Garcia, along with commissioner-appointees Chito Loyzaga, Buddy Andrada, Jolly Gomez, and Akiko Thomson-Guevarra, finally received their appointment papers signed by Executive Secretary Paquito "Jojo" Ochoa from POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. yesterday. They are set to take their oath of office today.
Garcia, who visited the PSC yesterday along with Andrada, Loyzaga, and former rower Dina Bernardo, who will be appointed as executive director after the new board members are sworn in, said the task of preparing for the Asiad should be fool-proof.

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