120 SEAG Golds
SPORTS EYE - Raffy T. Uytiepo (The Freeman) - June 11, 2019 - 12:00am

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming just make it sure it won’t turn into a nightmare. POC president Ricky Vargas said recently that the Philippines could win 120 gold medals in the 30th SEA Games set on November 30 to December 11.

Of course, the country that hosts the Games has an advantage. The best the Philippines could muster was 113 gold medals when we were hosts in 2005, winning the overall title.  As hosts, we can field more athletes since we will be saving on traveling expenses, accommodations etcetera.

We could also include indigenous sports like what Myanmar did when they hosted the Games. In the last SEA Games in Malaysia for instance, the host included cricket in Malaysia for instance, the host included cricket, water ski, hockey, lawn bowls, net bail, sila rugby and petanque.

Honestly, I don’t know what these sports are. Malaysia also scheduled the track events to the disadvantage of our athletes.  For instance, Eric Cray run the 400n meters, winning the gold but settled for the silver in the 100m which was scheduled less than an hour after the 400m event. Of course, Cray “naubusan na”.  We will likewise check on the seeded sprinters of the other countries and give them a dose of their own medicine. The best record our athletics team garnered was in 1993 when we won 13 gold medals.  That’s 36 years ago.

12 golds in athletics?

Don’t look now but the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) is likewise “dreaming” of 12 gold medals in athletics.  Well, with the Fil-Ams are expected to do the job, our dreams might just come true. Leading the cast are sprinter Eric Cray, pole vaulters EJ Obiena and Natalie Uy, sprinters Kristina Knott (who said she will break Lydia De Vega’s 100m record soon), Kayla and  Kyla Richardson, Zion Corrales Nelson and shot putter Willie Morrison who has a personal of 20 meters plus.  The SEAG mark is 17.64m posted by Chatchawal Poliam of Thailand in 2011. Morrison is thus a sure gold medal winner.  Other gold medal potentials include Mary Joy Tabal (marathon), decathlete Aries Toledo, triple jumper Mark Harry Diones and long jumpers Junrey Ubas and Marestella Torres.  Let’s listen to “I Have A Dream” (ABBA)”, I’ Have Dreamed” (from King and I), “Dreamin” (Cascades) and in the Everly Brothers’ “All I Have To Do Is Dream”.

Did you know?

STEFFI GRAF then 18 years old, was offered to pose nude by the German Edition of Penthouse Magazine for four hundred thousand dollars.  She turned it down.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA  In 2001Anna Kournikova was known in tennis circles as self-centered or egoistic.  Yes no question about that, she’s a beauty but she should also be humble.  She once called the Williams sistersas masculine. Kournikova also bragged that she’s beautiful , famous and gorgeous and has a boyfriend in every city she visits.  Hockey superstar PavelBure gave Anna a diamond ring valued at $1 million.  In March 2000, Pavelbroke off with Anna  because of her domineering mother.  One of the 14 tips on a list given to ball boys and girls at the 2000 Ericsson Open was “Do not stare atKournikova.

MUHAMMADALI asked for the autograph of Monica Selis at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

JOHN LLOYD, former British number one, lost 19 consecutive matches after marrying Chris Evert. (“Kapoysagabii?) Evert and Martina Navratilova once had a double date with Dino Martin (son ofDean Martin and DesiArnez Jr.)

NOTES: The Mambaling underpass is finally opening on June 15 as announced by the DPWH.  Since I’m living near the area, this will be a respite from almost two years of agony.  But just an observation,I noticed that the underpass walls have no railings or wires.  We are not asking for it, but some crazy or suicidal people might just jump over the fence. Also calling CITOM to impose speed limit to motorcycles that travel like maniacs, endangering the pedestrians.

Ever wonder why the Toronto Raptors remain healthy during the NBA Finals? They have a nurse named Nick.  When this column hits streets today, the Raptors would have won the first NBA title outside the United States.

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