ITINALAGA ng Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) si basketball legend at ngayo’y baseball federation president Joaquin ‘Chito’ Loyzaga bilang chef de mission (CDM) ng Team Philippines sa 32ndSoutheast Asian Games sa Cambodia sa susunod na taon.

Hinirang din ni POC President at Rep. Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino sina sambo association head Paolo Tancontian at canoe-kayak head coach at international technical official Leonora ‘Len’ Escollante bilang deputies ni Loyzaga sa May 5-16 SEA Games na iho-host ng Cambodia sa unang pagkakataon.

“Their handling of their respective NSAs [national sports associations] and their management skills make them deserving of the posts,” pahayag ni Tolentino.

“I want to express my appreciation to POC President Bambol for his trust and confidence in me to be the head of the Philippine delegation for Cambodia SEA Games,” sabi ni Loyzaga, 64, Philippine Basketball Association Legend, dating commissioner ng Philippine Sports Commission at kasalukuyang presidente ng Philippine Amateur Baseball Association.

“It’s a big challenge for the Philippines to perform well, as well as the other countries, because of the number of sports favoring the host country,” ani Loyzaga, na deputy CDM sa 2010 Asian Beach Games. “It will be very challenging.”

Nasorpresa si Escollante sa kanyang appointment ngunit agad na tinanggap ang responsibilidad.

“I thank the POC for the trust, and rest assured, I’ll do my best to deliver with excellence,” wika ni Escollante, miyembro ng national team na huling nagwagi ng SEA Games women’s volleyball gold medal sa Singapore noong 2003. “It’s a privilege so I will be doing my best to carry out my task.”

“This is another milestone in my career. I couldn’t be more grateful to the God Almighty and to the people who believes in me,” sabi ni Tancontian, presidente ng Philippine Sambo Federation. “With the trust and responsibility vested in me, I am genuinely grateful. I accept this challenge with humility and determination.”

Opisyal na gagampanan ni Loyzaga at ng kanyang deputies ang kanilang tungkulin matapos ang POC General Assembly sa September 28.