Why we do compromise the safety of the youth?

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    IN these uncertain times, winning isn’t everything.

    Listen to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.

    “Without passing judgment, this situation brings to mind a silent but equally worth noting implication. Does winning always mean everything else takes second place? Are we so focused on winning that we are ready to compromise important matters like the safety of the youth we are supposed to guide?” posed Ramirez last Monday.

    “Is athletic development and achievement, or team readiness more paramount that overstepping bounds, compromising one’s safety or putting your team credibility on the line takes a back seat?” he added.

    Ramirez, 70, reflected on the controversies hounding University of Santo Tomas over its alleged bubble training in Capuy, Sorsogon City, the hometown of Growling Tigers coach Aldin Ayo, who is also a councilor of the province.

    A former coach of the Ateneo de Davao men’s basketball squad, the chief of the government sports agency underscored the importance of virtues and values with the country’s COVID-19 pandemic woes having no end in sight.

    “As an elder and leader in Philippine sports, I have a vision for virtues and values to be given equal weight as winning in sports programs. In this vision I see partners in local government units, sports officials and schools— where discipline and character are nurtured outside the home. It is for this reason that the issue, for me, is much bigger than sports. It touches on a sensitive facet of our society that questions our priorities,” said Ramirez.