PSA honors top athletes in March 3 rites

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    YULO: One of the brightest Pinoy athletes last year.
    YULO: One of the brightest Pinoy athletes last year.

    ATHLETES who made the country proud last year will be honored in the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards Night set on March 3 at the Manila Hotel.

    Highlighting the annual affair also presented by MILO, CIGNAL TV, and the Philippine Sports Commission is the awarding of the coveted Athlete of the Year honor handed out by the country’s oldest media organization led by Manila Bulletin sports editor Tito Talao.

    Filipino athletes made their presence felt everywhere last year, from Southeast Asia all the way to the world stage.

    Team Philippines won the overall championship of the Southeast Asian Games for the second time in 42 years of competing in the biennial meet, while Carlos Yulo became the first Filipino and gymnast from Southeast Asia to win a historic gold medal in the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Lady boxer Nesthy Petecio also won a gold medal by ruling the featherweight division of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude Russia while Ernest John Obiena distinguished himself as the first Filipino to qualify for 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, Ms. Basketball, Mr. Volleyball, Ms. Golf, Mr. Football, and the first Coach of the Year.

    Major Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Siddayao Awards, Milo Junior Athletes Award, and citations to be led by the SEA Games gold medal winners will also be handed out.

    Sports personalities who passed away last year will also be accorded with a posthumous recognition.