- Richard Gomez shared his honest thoughts on Gilas Pilipinas
- According to Gomez, we do not have much of a chance in winning international basketball tournaments
- He added that we should focus more on sports where we have greater chances of winning
Richard Gomez, the Mayor of Ormoc City, recently commented on the disappointing performance of Gilas Pilipinas at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
KAMI learned that Gomez believes that Filipinos will always have a disadvantage in international basketball competitions because we are shorter in height compared to the other countries.
According to the Mayor, we should concentrate more on sports where we have a greater chance of winning in the Olympics.
“Let’s face it, international basketball is not for us Filipinos. We are just too small for the game.
“At best would be the Southeast Asian region. If you want to continue basketball let’s just do it for local consumption.
“Save your funds and use it for sports where we can become Olympic champions,” Gomez wrote on Instagram.
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Netizens had mixed reactions towards Gomez’s suggestion:
“I agree. We spend millions for this sports we cannot win. Why not focus on other sports where we have more winning potentials.”
“Agreed.. we have a lot of competitive athletes from various sports dicispline who can bring more honor to our country.”
“Bittersweet reality. Let's just move forward & accept that PUSO is not enough in this competition.”
“It's not about winning or losing. What's important is the passion for the sports that makes the people united. We did a better performance the previous world cup which means we're closer to our goal to be known as an excellent basketball nation. We can do it, we should never stop. Laban lang.”
“Do we really need to give up on something just like that? Why not encourage more support for other sports that you love without discouraging where our PUSO is at?”
In a previous report by KAMI, Yeng Guiao has resigned as the head coach of Gilas Pilipinas.
Richard Gomez is the current mayor of Ormoc City. He is also an actor and the husband of Lucy Torres. They have a daughter named Juliana Gomez.
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