BREAKING: The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) reportedly wants secretary-general Steve Hontiveros to head the soon-to-be created national chinlone association.
Hontiveros, who already heads two national sports associations, is currently in Myanmar to attend the organizational meeting.
If ever, it will be the third NSA under Hontiveros.
Trouble, however, looms since chinlone is basically a sepak takraw event and should fall under sepak takraw association head Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.
Chinlone, considered as the national sport of Myanmar, is a sport very much similar to sepak takraw.
AND here are more e-mails sent thru my inbox during this holiday-filled Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Summit week in Manila.
The e-mails also came during annual Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Board of Governors meeting-turned-sightseeing tours in Los Angeles.
Again, I took time to answer them.
Dear Sports editor,
Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy said the seven MVP Group-led teams seeking the removal of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa cannot be forced to play in the coming PBA Philippine Cup. In his Spin.Ph interview, Sy said the five teams cannot play on their own minus the seven so there’s going to be a lockout. Is it good or bad?
-- Concerned PBA
Dear Concerned PBA fan,
A lockout, which has never happened in the PBA history, is the one thing that fans in this side of the basketball universe want to happen. And since the 43rd season is scheduled to open on Dec. 17 and the blockbuster Ginebra-Star showdown is set in Dec. 25, a lockout will surely be like the Grinch who will steal our Christmas.
It is only unfortunate that Blackwater would make such veiled threats of a lockout unless the five San Miguel Corp.-led teams reconsider their position. It came at a time both sides tried to calm the waters and continue to look for ways to find a win-win solution.
Let’s hope for the best.
Dear Mr. Andaya,
As an avid Gilas Pilipinas fan, I hope our team will play well against Japan and Chinese-Taipei this month and Australia on February in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Based on the line-up being asembled by coach Chot Reyes, this Gilas team is good.
But tell me, where’s Andray Blatche?
-- Avid Gilas fan
Dear Avid Gilas fan,
The last time I checked, Blatche has yet to report to practice and join his Gilas Pilipimas teammates with barely a week left before our team plays Japan in Tokyo and Chinese-Taipei in Manila.
Why, the 6-11 naturalized Filipino who also begged off to play in the FIBA Cup in Beirut last July due to security reasons, is not even in the country yet.
Even Gilas coach Chot Reyes said “you can’t be sure with Blatche until you see him in the flesh.”
Will Blatche actually play for Gilas again?
Maybe the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) -- and Reyes himself -- make a clear stand and give a deadline to Blatche. Forget about the excuses. Enough of the wait.
I read a lot of comments from former PBL commissioner Charlie Favis in his Facebook page. He is also very active sharing news reports slanted against the PBA commissioner.
He even mocked Narvasa by branding him “kapit-tuko”.I am more amused than enlightened. Is he applying for the job?
-- Amused Facebook follower
Dear Amused Facebook reader,
I am just as amused as you are reading comments from both the so-called experts and even plain fans on the current controversy involving the PBA and Narvasa in Facebook and other social media.
But while you and I do not necessary agree with these comments from experts, we just have to respect them for exercising their rights.
If you are friend with them on Facebook, I suggest you just unfriend them.
What do you think about the coming Ateneo-FEU and La Salle-Adamson showdowns in the UAAP? With twice-to-beat advantages, Ateneo and La Salle look set for a blockbuster title match. This is one match I do not want to miss. I need a ticket. I hope I can come and watch.
-- Hopeful UAAP supporter
Dear Hopeful UAAP supporter,
You failed to mention if you’re pro-Ateneo or pro-La Salle but I can say that you’re really a basketball fan for wanting to watch the championship game of the UAAP, which could be really be a blockbuster.
But sorry dear, I do not have tickets for the game.
NOTES -- Happy birthday to ERJHS Alumni Sports Club Hall of Famer and volleyball coach Minerva Dulce Pante, who celebrated last Nov. 17; AMA University coach Eugene Bautista (Nov. 17); PR man Dennis Abrina (Nov. 17); chess patron Dr. Bong Perez (Nov. 18); Diliman College player Joseph Brutas (Nov. 18); singer-actress Yssa Muhlach-Alvarez (Nov. 19); and ace photographer Rey Nillama (Nov. 20).