PH softball team may not compete in World Series this year due to lack of funds
(SPOT.ph) The Philippine national softball team (also called Team Manila) is asking for financial assistance in order to compete in the Softball World Series Big League Division in the United States, reports GMA News. Team Manila dominated last June's Asia Pacific Series, pulling them closer to the world title.
However, around $45,000 dollars (P2 million) is needed to ship 12 players, three coaches, and two officials to Michigan in time for the World Series this August. The cost will cover transportation and lodging. According to the report, Team Manila usually requests financial aid from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). "PCSO is focusing on health care and hospitalization this year. PCSO and Pagcor are also involved in controversies lately. Meanwhile, the PSC is saving up for the upcoming SEA Games in November," Rafael Borromeo, president of the Team Manila Big League Football, said.
Team Manila Coach Anna Santiago believes that the team could become world champions this year, having bagged second place in 2008 and 2010. Player Glesyle Opjer, whose mother is a domestic worker in Hong Kong and whose father is a farmer, continues to hope that they would be able to compete. "Kahit na kulang sa pondo, umaasa pa rin kami. Nagte-training pa po kami. Umaasa po kami kasi dinadala namin ang bandera ng Pilipinas (Even if we don’t have enough funds, we’re still hoping we can compete and we’re still training because we know we’re carrying the Philippine name)," she said.
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