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PH sports associations propose league restart guidelines

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:56 PM

7 national sports associations, including basketball, meet to discuss protocols for resuming competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic

RESTART. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) joins the meeting to discuss protocols for the return of the sport. Photo from PBA Images

PSC gets 90% fund cut from Pagcor in April

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission only received P9 million in April, prompting the government agency to slash the allowances of national athletes and coaches

National team members to get discount but face allowance cut

May 29, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The allowance reduction is a 'hard decision to make,' says Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez

BENEFIT. National athletes and coaches will be able to avail a 20% discount in their future purchases. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Key legal issues to answer when sports makes a comeback

May 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

There are a lot of challenges that Philippine sports needs to hurdle to get back on its feet

STANDSTILL. The future still looks uncertain for collegiate leagues like the UAAP. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Physical Education stays, PSC and DepEd say

May 28, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission fights for the retention of PE, citing it as a 'core subject' as the country shifts to blended learning

EXPLAINER: When can sports resume amid coronavirus pandemic?

May 20, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission releases a framework for reintroducing sports amid the pandemic

WATCH: Sports stars salute frontliners in music video

May 01, 2020 - 4:18 PM

Jimmy Alapag, Mika Reyes, Ricci Rivero, Pauline Lopez deliver words of encouragement to frontliners in the music video 'Fly High'

TRIBUTE. Virtual Playground athletes and artists recognize the efforts of frontliners during the coronavirus crisis. Screengrab from Youtube/@Virtual Playground PH


PSC: No coronavirus vaccine, no PH sports events

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:47 PM

'For as long as there's no available vaccine, no sports competition activities can be held,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

GLORY DAYS. Philippines comes off a successful hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games before the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How long can the Philippines go without sports?

Apr 12, 2020 - 12:15 PM

'For those athletes experiencing cabin fever, know that… it is okay not to be 100% at this point,' says taekwondo jin and medical intern Ven Ponce

UNCERTAIN. Philippine sports leagues like the PBA take a wait-and-see approach. Photo from PBA Images

PSC to offer 7 more venues as quarantine facilities

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, PSC offers its other venues within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the Philsports Complex

MORE VENUES. The Philsports track oval is set to be used to help the DOH with its efforts to relieve the coronavirus in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH athletes evacuate dorms as PSC restricts facility access

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission orders national athletes to go home as it places sports facilities on restricted access amid the coronavirus pandemic

'RESTRICTED ACCESS'. The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the two facilities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Batang Pinoy, other sports events postponed amid coronavirus threat

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission postpones several national sporting events as a 'safety measure' against the novel coronavirus

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. The PSC has canceled all sports gatherings and activities exceeding 40 people. File photo

PH karate coach Arpa probe starts after Tsukii 'bullying' incident

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Karate officials hope to fix the 'estranged' relationship between top talent Junna Tsukii and national team coach Okay Arpa

BULLIED. Junna Tsukii reveals that she was bullied by Turkish head coach Okay Arpa after she won a SEA Games gold. Photo from Junna Tsukii's Facebook

Crowns, curses and magic: Why we love PH sports in the 2010s

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Check out the most memorable moments of the this decade in Philippine sports

Duterte commits P100M to PH's Tokyo 2020 Olympics budget

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'This will greatly help our national athletes who are both qualified and have potential Olympic entry,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

BEST BET. Carlos Yulo is the country's best bet for an Olympics gold. Photo from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events

PSC to support karateka Junna Tsukii's Olympic dream

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:33 PM

National karateka Junna Tsukii joins the list of Filipino Tokyo 2020 Olympics hopefuls

TOKYO 2020. Junna Tsukii gets serious on her road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from IG/junnatsukiiv888

Multi-billion SEA Games 2019 fund follows Cayetano where he goes

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The money trail shows SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano has control over the budget regardless of which agency the money is lodged under

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their site visit on October 16, 2019 at New Clark City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate plenary deliberations on the PSC 2020 budget

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has raised questions on the proposed budget of the agency responsible for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Watch the Senate deliberations live on Rappler.

PSC spends P1.7 million for PH women's volleyball Japan camp

Oct 24, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team ramps up its 2019 SEA Games buildup in Japan

INTENSIFYING TRAINING. The Philippine women's volleyball team tests its mettle against Japanese teams in a 12-day training camp. ASEAN Volleyball Grand Prix event

[EDITORIAL] Isang bagsak para sa mga atleta, isang batok sa mga opisyal

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:25 PM

With only 3 golds on the world stage, we can't be proud of our sports programs

Ramirez wants more buzz as 2019 SEA Games nears

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:45 PM

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez says there's a lack of promotion on the country's hosting of the SEA Games less than 4 months before the regional meet unfolds

PROMOTION. PSC chairman William Ramirez wants to spread awareness on the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PSC sets protocols to safeguard 2019 SEA Games funds

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Chairman Butch Ramirez explains the process of approving funds requested by the SEA Games organizing committee, which is under fire for alleged corruption

TRANSPARENCY. PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez assures the public that there is check and balance in the process of disbursing funds for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

PSC chairman Ramirez: 2019 SEA Games to push through

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'It’s of national interest to proceed with the November 30 Southeast Asian Games,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

STILL A GO. The Philippines continues its preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz, PSC reconcile in support of Olympic gold dream

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:31 PM

'We have pledged our support before, and we will continue to do so,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

RESOLVED. The Philippine Sports Commission pledges its support for Hidilyn Diaz' Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid. Photo from release

PSC chairman Ramirez accepts role as 2019 SEA Games chef de mission

May 29, 2019 - 11:53 AM

After reconsidering the offer, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez commits to the big role of Philippine chef de mission to the SEA Games

DUAL ROLE. (from left to right) ASEC under the Office of the Executive Secretary Kim Raissa Uy, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, POC president Ricky Vargas, POC communications director Ed Picson and POC deputy secretary-general Karen Caballero are present in Ramirez' announcement to accept the Philippines' 2019 SEA Games chef de mission role. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'In shambles:' PSC chairman Ramirez declines SEA Games chef de mission offer

May 28, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Today, we wake up to a Philippine sports world in shambles,' says Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez in a statement

CALL FOR UNITY. PSC chairman Butch Ramirez offers to mediate the matters concerning the POC. Photo from Rappler's Kuala Lumpur 2017 gallery

Duterte signs law creating PH Sports Training Center

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The Philippine Sports Training Center targets the country's grassroots programs for national teams

DREAM COME TRUE. The Philippine Sports Training Center law mandates the rise of a new sports complex in Pangasinan in the near future. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee

SEA Games 2019 suffers 33% budget cut

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Only P5 billion of the proposed P7.5 billion budget for the country's hosting of the regional sporting event has been approved

9 MONTHS. The 30th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted in the Philippines will take place on November 30 to December 11. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PH Sports Training Center to rise in Pangasinan by 2022

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The new Philippine Sports Training Center Act mandates the construction of the sports complex starting mid-2019

DREAM COME TRUE. The bicam-approved Philippine Sports Training Center Act mandates the rise of a new sports complex in Pangasinan in the near future. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee

Lydia De Vega, Paeng Nepomuceno lead Hall of Fame class

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Asia's sprint queen and the four-time World Cup bowling champion banner the 10 Filipino sporting legends who will be enshrined in the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame

PSC tackles Hidilyn's weightlifting woes

Oct 01, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission makes sure that weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz will get enough support for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid

OLYMPIC BID. Hidilyn Diaz is working to nab the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold with her core team. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Young athlete's death gives PSC more reason to fast-track facilities rehab

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:01 PM

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez says the agency will increase dormitory attendants and security personnel and add a doctor and nurse in their facilities

GONE TOO SOON. Philippine Sports Commission chief Butch Ramirez (right) and Wushu Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho express their grief regarding the death of 11-year-old wushu athlete Rasta Daraliay. Photo from Philippine Sports Commission


11-year-old PH wushu athlete dead after falling from bunk bed

Sep 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Junior wushu fighter Rastafari Daraliay died after a freak accident in the athletes’ dorm at the Rizal Memorial Complex

TOO YOUNG. Rastafari Daraliay was a promising wushu athlete. Photo from Instagram (@rastoogi_)


Batang Pinoy postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and host Baguio have moved the 2018 Batang Pinoy opening to September 17

Asian Games gold medalists get additional P1M bonus

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Double gold medalist Yuka Saso is set to receive the biggest cash windfall of P9.33 million in total incentives

GOLDEN GIRLS. Filipino female athletes (clockwise from top left) Yuka Saso of golf, Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal of skateboarding deliver the gold for the Philippines. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Ricky Vargas denies PSC threat to withhold Asian Games fund

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The POC president claims that Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez has already received funding from the Philippine Sports Commission

FEEDING MANY. The Philippine Olympic Committee has received the 2018 Asian Games fund that is set to cover 272 athletes.

Why Gilas should apologize

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:15 AM

As national team athletes, part of wearing our colors means caring for what their countrymen think, how they represent the Philippines, what image they uphold. Not just caring for their Gilas teammates. The whole Philippines is their team.

HIGHER STANDARD. Gilas Pilipinas should have shown restraint, dignity, and class when it matters most. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Marestella Sunang, PH athletics team find new home

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The country's long jump record holder becomes the first national team member to train at the Vermosa Sports Hub

REDEMPTION. Long jump specialist MarestellaTorres-Sunang is looking to bounce back from her lackluster 2014 Asian Games finish. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PSC to recognize Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The national federation will need PSC's recognition for financial assistance in the upcoming Kazakhstan tournament

Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 denounces the decisions of the Romasanta-headed NSA and the POC

DETHRONEMENT. Joe Manansala (center) leads the PKF 1987 Inc in its mission to make Philippine karatedo great again. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

DepEd restricted Rappler's access to Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The members of Rappler's field team deployed to cover the recently-concluded Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Ilocos Sur were not given accreditation IDs and were barred from covering several events at the games

BAN ON RAPPLER. DepEd makes it difficult for Rappler to cover the Palarong Pambansa 2018, held from April 14 to 21.

Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

DepEd, PSC to train campus journalists for Palarong Pambansa 2018 coverage

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

This is the second time campus journalists have been invited to cover the annual schools-based sports event

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

Vargas goal: 'Go beyond disputes and look for the best athletes'

Mar 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The new POC president already has a lot of plans in mind for Philippine sports

UPLIFTING PH SPORTS. Ricky Vargas starts healing process of PH sports as POC president.

IN PHOTOS: Meet the 2018 Philippine Sportswriters Association awardees

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Scribes honor the best and brightest athletes and sports leaders of the Philippines

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR. (From left to right) Jerwin Ancajas, Krizziah Tabora and Carlo Biado lift up their Athlete of the Year trophies. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Elizalde thinks Vargas' POC presidency will not heal PH sports

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'In reality, there's a lot of not friendly relations among a lot of people,' says Frank Elizalde, the former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines

NO HEALING. Frank Elizalde (left) and Ricky Vargas (right) pose for a photo after the latter won the POC presidency. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Ricky Vargas ends Peping Cojuangco's 13-year reign as POC president

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) A new era begins in the Philippine Olympic Committee as Ricky Vargas dethrones Peping Cojuangco

NEW ERA. Ricky Vargas (rightmost) and Bambol Tolentino (leftmost) celebrate their wins as the new president and chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee, respectively. Photo by Delfin Dioquino