Saturday, January 22, 2011

Scribes to honor Azkals, Asiad gold medalists

Nonito Donaire pic by McBride61Image via Wikipedia
MANILA — Asian Games gold medalists Rey Saludar, Biboy Rivera and Dennis Orcullo and 2010 World 9-Ball king Francisco “Django” Bustamante will receive the “Athlete of the Year” title in the 2010 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards Night on March 5 at the historic Manila Hotel.
Saludar, Rivera and Orcullo saved the face of the 284-man Philippine delegation in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China by bringing home three gold medals. Bustamante meanwhile, finally nailed the title that has long eluded him when he won the World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar.
Also to be conferred with the prestigious awards are the Philippine men’s football team, popularly known as Azkals, following their run in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup where it made the semifinals for the first time.
The Philippine men’s poomsae team which won the gold medal in the 5th WTF World Poomsae Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and former world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr., who was unbeaten in three fights last year will be bestowed with the fitting accolade.
Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, who made 2010 memorable when he successfully defended his WBO welterweight belt against Joshua Clottey, and then claiming a record eight world championship by battering Mexican Antonio Margarito for the WBC super welterweight title, will be also cited.

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