Filipino Surfer Roger Casugay Bags International Award for Good Sportsmanship

The Olympic medalist continues to make waves.

( During the 30th Southeast Asian Games in December 2019, Filipino surfer Roger Casugay made the country proud for two things. He did not only bag the gold medal during the men's longboard competition in San Juan, La Union, but also showcased good sportsmanship after assisting Indonesian player Mencos Cosomen whose surf board leash snapped while the two are in the semifinals heat. On October 27, Casugay will be the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award given out by the International Fair Play Committee.

"We are very proud of Roger because he has truly exemplified the true meaning of being a Filipino and a sportsman. Above all, it is a more fulfilling achievement to be recognized for character than skills and achievements," Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez said.

Roger Casugay (in white) and Mencos Cosomen (in pink) tandem surfing in Monaliza Point's 10-foot waves.

The first Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy was awarded to Italian bobsleigh competitor Eugenio Monti who lent a part of his sledge to British Tony Nash during the two-men bobsleigh finals at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games. It was named after the founder of the International Olympic Committee.

Casugay was also chosen as the Philippines' official flag bearer for the closing rites of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Main photo from United Philippine Surfing Association

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