Mo Twister defends opinion on Azkals getting too much attention, urges media to focus on "national athletes that have largely surpassed the Azkal

After "getting in trouble" for his opinion about the Azkals receiving too much attention, TV and radio host Mo Twister defended his stand in a blog entry.

"Perhaps it’s because I’m not a huge football fan that I don’t get to appreciate all the hype that has come their way. But as a sports fan in general, I do believe that beyond my ignorance for the sport, the national football team has received an unusual amount of attention-even too much."

He added, "I’m happy for them and for the pride and interest they have brought to the country and the sport, but when will the media give it a break and start focusing on other national athletes that have largely surpassed the achievements of the Azkals?"

He cited Nonito Donaire’s recent second-round knockout win against Mexican boxer Fernando Montiel, from whom the "Filipino Flash" took the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight belts. This achievement "didn’t garner as much media attention as it should have" and "it seems like the hoopla died down a day after," Mo Twister said.

He added, "What irks me even more is the lack of any attention given to the Philippine team for Dragon Boat Racing. Not only is the Philippines considered as world champions (besting traditional powerhouse teams like the Americans, Germans, Russians, etc.), but they also are world record holders!"

Mo Twister maintained, "I don’t dislike the Azkals. I am not a ’hater’ nor am I looking for any kind of attention."

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