Top Filipino athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2020
MANILA, Philippines – For making the country proud in 2019, top sports achievers will be honored anew in the San Miguel Corporation-Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards Night, set to be staged in the first week of March at the Manila Hotel.
The highlight of the annual affair is the awarding of the coveted Athlete of the Year honor, solely handed out by the country's oldest media organization. It is headed by president Tito S. Talao, sports editor of the Manila Bulletin.
Filipino athletes made their presence felt everywhere in 2019, from Southeast Asia to the world stage.
Team Philippines won the overall championship of the Southeast Asian Games for only the second time in 42 years of competing in the biennial meet, while Carlos Yulo became the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to win a gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Lady boxer Nesthy Petecio also won a first ever gold when she ruled the featherweight division of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia.
Meanwhile, Ernest John Obiena distinguished himself as the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when he surpassed the Olympic qualifying standard in men's pole vault by ruling a tournament in Chiara, Italy.
These sports heroes and heroines are expected to lead the various personalities and entities to be honored on this special night by the country's sportswriting fraternity.
Aside from the Athlete of the Year award, also to be given out are the President's Award, the National Sports Association of the Year award, Executive of the Year, Mr. Basketball, Ms. Volleyball, Ms. Golf, Mr. Football, and a first ever Coach of the Year.
As in past awards night, there will likewise be Major Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Siddayao Awards, MILO Junior Athletes Award, and citations to be led by the SEA Games gold medal winners.
Sports personalities who passed away last year will also be accorded with a posthumous recognition in the event also presented by MILO, Cignal TV, and the Philippine Sports Commission. – Rappler.com