By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Bowling legend Bong Coo said she would concentrate on strengthening programs for women following her appointment as one of the board members of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
“Advocacy ko na noon pa ang sports for all among women: to have more women athletes and coaches,” Coo said in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Online Forum.
Coo added in the forum presented by San Miguel Corporation (SMC), MILO, PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee, Amelie Hotel Manila, Unilever, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) she also wanted to boost programs like Sports for Excellent, Sports for All, and sports for children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
“I want to have an avenue where we can invite yung mga anak ng OFWs to get involved in sports. Kasi yung bowling, sport yan ng mga OFWs eh. So ayun ang magiging connection nila,” she said.
Her appointment as one of the commissioners also meant the athletes and national sports association will have a big ally in Coo, who is a former athlete and NSA president herself.
“My position as an athlete and NSA official will help me to see both sides and I’m sure it will help me in the PSC,” said Coo, long considered as one of accomplished bowlers of all time.
“I’ve come full circle because this is the highest I have attained. I’m very happy to be of service to my fellow athletes and Philippine sports as a whole.”
President Bongbong Marcos has yet to appoint the three other commissioners that would work along with Coo, as well as the PSC chairman.