MANILA – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Representative to the Philippines, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, rallied our national athletes participating in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) to do their best and carry the values of Olympism -respect, friendship and excellence.
“I’m a true Filipino, and I’m very excited to our athletes,” she said. “Syempre naalala ko rin yung mga araw na competitor din ako.”
Cojuangco-Jaworski was interviewed by PNA before Monday’s special board meeting of the Philippine Olympic Committee in Pasig.
“Im grateful for all the opportunites, for being an athlete,” said the IOC official, who thanked the millions of Filipinos who supported her and her team before.
“I’m praying that all our athletes would be able to maximize their talents at the SEA Games , at maganda syempre ang resulta ng mga atleta natin,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski, also a medalist in equestrian.
The IOC official emphasized: “Focus in performing your best in the competitions, a few years after, we realized that we had really precious experiences and memories. Kaya I’m very excited for our athletes –the present, their future, everything that they will experience sa SEA Games.”
She also told athletes to embrace the Olympic values – respect, friendship and excellence, especially (they) have the opportunity to compete and represent our country.
She said “fair play come with respect, we have to play clean, we have to show respect in as much we want to be respected.”
“In friendship, we are able to observe how they (athletes of ASEAN) move and conduct their training, by doing so – we learn each other’s culture and become rich –in heart and in mind.”
“Excellence–no matter what we are doing, we have to strive to do our best,” she said.
In sports, she said one must work hard to get good results and eventually earn the respect of others including fellow athletes and competitors.
“Achievements come with adversity, that you can learn from defeat and you have to be humble in victory. Sa sports lang talaga makikita,” the IOC official stressed.