Tolentino to push for law prioritizing loaning athletes for major events – Reuters

Tolentino to push for law prioritizing loaning athletes for big events

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino said he is calling on the upcoming 19th Congress to pass legislation that will allow all stakeholders to put athletes first when it comes to major sporting events.

Tolentino, who is also the representative of Tagaytay City, said it would facilitate the process of loaning athletes across sports when it comes to competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.

“Yun siguro ang wonderful solution. Pag bandera na ng Pilipinas ang pinag-uusapan, priority dapat,” Tolentino said at the Filipino Sportswriters Association forum held online on Tuesday.

“It will be for the PBA, the UAAP, the NCAA…”

Tolentino added that he was already in talks with a few senators and members of the House of Representatives about it.

In the past, players from the collegiate ranks were not allowed to play for the national team while their respective leagues were in progress.

An example was volleyball when some of the players who had a chance for the national team were forced to choose to play for their respective schools in the UAAP instead of representing the country at the 31st Southeast Asian Games. Is in Hanoi, Vietnam.

And if Tolentino’s proposal comes to fruition, the country can build its strongest team in international competitions, as all the best and brightest Filipino athletes called up for national team duties will have no choice but to to answer the call.

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