The resolution, sponsored by Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV, recognized the dedication and sacrifices of Philippines athletes in pursuit of glory and honor for the country.
The Universiade, also known as the World University Games, is an international biennial sports. Some 10,603 participants from 151 countries and territories competed in 306 events from 24 different sports in the last Universiade games held from August 12-23, 2011.
The Philippines sent a 94-member contingent led by the Federation of School Sports Association (FESSAP), which is the sole local university sports organization recognized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
The Philippines competed against well-funded teams in nine sports, namely swimming, men’s basketball, table tennis, taekwondo, badminton, chess, archery, beach volleyball and athletics.
“Unhampered by their limited budget and other constraints, our student athletes competed with much enthusiasm and perseverance despite not receiving any official support from the Philippine Sports Commission,” Trillanes said, chairman of the Senate Sub-committee on Sports.
“Despite this misfortune, our athletes gave a good fight and demonstrated the true meaning of sportsmanship. They displayed the pride of true Filipino athletes. In fact, a 21-year-old student from the Far Eastern University, Samuel Thomas Harper Morrisson, bagged a silver medal in taekwondo,” the Senator said in his sponsorship speech.
The young senator has previously slammed the PSC for its failure to provide support for the Philippine delegation to the Summer Universiade and the dragon boat competition in the United States.
“Let us take this opportunity to recognize our young athletes with the commendation of this august chamber and make up for the Philippine Sports Commission’s lack of financial and moral support for them,” Trillanes said.