PSA rites set March 27 via online

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    FOR the first time in its storied history, the Philippine Sportswriters Association will stage its Annual Awards Night via online due to the current pandemic.

    The affair is set on March 27, with a limited number of guests allowed at the TV5Media Center studio. The rest of the awardees and attendees will be hooked up online.

    While the whole of sports wasn’t spared by COVID-19, there were still some Filipino athletes who managed to shine and rise above adversities and gave the country something to cheer about in this time of despair.

    Highlighting the unique but special event backed by San Miguel Corp. and the Philippine Sports Commission is the awarding of the coveted Athlete of the Year trophy, which is exclusively handed out by the country’s oldest media organization led by President Tito S. Talao of the Manila Bulletin.

    The other regular awards handed out in the yearly affair will also be presented such as the Executive of the Year, President’s Award, National Sports Association (NSA) of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Major honorees in various sports are also included in the short honor roll list as well as a handful of citations and special recognitions to people and entities which kept Philippine sports going in mankind’s darkest hour.

    The hour-long program will be covered by Cignal TV to be hosted by Gretchen Ho and Carlo Pamintuan.

    Last year, Team Philippines was the recipient of the Athlete of the Year honor in the aftermath of the country’s successful campaign during the 30th Southeast Asian Games, where the Philippines emerged overall champion only for the second time in its 43-year campaign in the biennial meet.

    The Awards Night was held at the historic Manila Hotel on March 6, a week before the entire Luzon area was put under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) following the outbreak of the pandemic.