Basketball legend Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez has been appointed as chef de mission of the Philippines for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Fernandez, currently a Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), will be tasked to oversee the country’s for the 31st SEA Games, which will be held this year in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“I am humbled and honored with the appointment. It’s a big responsibility in the sense that you will oversee the overall preparations, but I will do my very best to live up to the challenge,” Fernandez said in a report by burnsports.ph.
Fernandez said the Philippines is eyeing another good run after it won the championship in the 2019 SEA Games by collecting a total of 149 gold medals.
The Philippines hosted the 2019 SEA Games.
The country’s campaign in the upcoming tournament will be extra challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unlike before, we were not able to send our athletes abroad to train for this year’s SEA Games. The problem really was how to keep them in tip-top shape,” Fernandez said. (CC)