Taking off from Saturday’s piece about the price of democracy, there are a few issues in sports today that are bound by the gray areas of responsibility and etiquette. In a nation known for being one of the heaviest users of social media, some lines are being crossed and liberties being taken in reaction to events that some spectators and pundits have an adverse reaction to.
Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon said yesterday he’s not out to pick a fight with the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and swore he never threatened to take the organization to court over its refusal to license boxers involved in what appear to be professional bouts sanctioned by AIBA (International Boxing Association) with his agency.
This week, small sober celebrations were held commemorating the People Power revolution of 1986. It appears that great numbers of people were either unwilling or unable to celebrate, primarily because it was a working holiday and millions spent their day fuming in gridlock. Also, the headlines for the past month had not been encouraging cause for celebration.
“I just want to play basketball,” said Kenneth Alas of the NCAA champion San Beda Red Cubs. “You play for the love of the game and as you get older, you dream of playing for your high school team and you hope to win a championship. And then you want to play for a good college team and hopefully, with the national team and the PBA. That’s the dream. But for now, to be considered one of the 24 best high school players all over the country is an honor.”