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2019 SEA GAMES: Cayetano debunks claims of questionable deals

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Alan Peter Cayetano clears up issues that have beset the Philippine SEA Games organizing committee

IN DEFENSE. Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions being hurled at the PHISGOC in a meeting with the national sports associations. File photo from Philippine Sports Commission

POC to meet, iron out 'crucial' 2019 SEA Games preparations

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Vargas puts aside politics as he sets up a 'mutually acceptable' schedule for a POC board meeting

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas is working out a date to meet with the majority of the POC board. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

Incentives of Didal, Cebuana athletes delayed

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Almost a year after making the country proud in the Asian Games, skateboarding star Margielyn Didal and 3 other Cebuana athletes still await their bonus

GOLDEN. Margielyn Didal emerges as one of the surprise standouts in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from PSC

'Crab mentality' behind 2019 SEA Games squabble

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:19 PM

PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano urges sports officials to keep their issues in the background

ALL SYSTEMS GO. The Philippines will push through with its hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


PH hosting of 2019 SEA Games to push through

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:53 PM

PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will honor its commitment to host the 'best SEA Games ever'

NO COMING BACK. The Philippines has not backed out of its hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. File photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


LOOK: New device tracks national athletes' performance

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

SmarTracks allows Filipino athletes to monitor their progress for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

INNOVATIVE. The SmarTracks device that will help improve training of Filipino athletes. Photo from BCDA release

Philippine Swimming Inc warns member teams of 'other group'

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:02 AM

Only the FINA-recognized swimming body of the Philippines can conduct national tryouts for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

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LOOK: Netizens slam official SEA Games mascot 'Pami'

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:40 PM

As was the case with the SEA Games logo, netizens did not waste time ridiculing the 'smiling sponge ball-type figure'

Asiad gold winners lead PSA Awards nominees

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The all-female Asian Games gold medalists emerge as the top bets for Athlete of the Year in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards in February

WONDER WOMEN. Filipino female athletes (from top left, clockwise) Yuka Saso, Hidilyn Diaz, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal emerge as the country's top performers in 2018. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

WATCH: Team Philippines pulls off 2018 Asian Games surprise

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine delegation pockets 4 gold medals in the Asiad and cops a historic 10-gold haul in the Asian Para Games

GOLDEN BOY. Ernie Gawilan emerges as the most bemedalled athlete of 2018 after bagging 3 golds and 2 silvers from the Asian Para Games. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

10 striking sports moments on social media in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From the shocking 'basketbrawl' to the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, here's a roundup of the most interacted sports events on Rappler's social media accounts this year

WATCH: PH golden girls rule 2018 Asian Games

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Women in sports take the spotlight in 2018 after sweeping the Philippines' Asian Games gold-medal haul

WONDER WOMEN. Filipino female athletes (from top left, clockwise) Yuka Saso, Hidilyn Diaz, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal emerge as the country's top performers in 2018. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

The Jordan Effect

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Philippines records its best finish in 16 years in the Asian Games with Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson leading the way

CUT ABOVE THE REST. Jordan Clarkson lives up to the billing as a member of the Philippine team.. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Roller-coaster Asiad buildup

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Surprising twists and turns mark the Philippines' preparation for the 2018 Asian Games

FULL OF CHALLENGES. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sure had a crazy 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


SEA Games: New Clark City Sports Complex to rise in 9 months

Nov 23, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The new sports complex will become the country’s first world-class facility in over 80 years

EXCITEMENT. Athletes and officials pose in the Athletics Stadium that is still under construction. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

WATCH: Margielyn Didal stands up for PH skate scene

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The Filipina skater needs support as she aims for the country's first Olympic gold

PH boxing targets 20 events in 2019 SEA Games

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:45 AM

This may be the first time the Southeast Asian Games will include junior events in the boxing tournament

20 EVENTS. 20 gold medals are set to be up for grabs in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games boxing tournament. Photo courtesy of Asian Games PH media pool

Golden golf trio to donate P16.8M Asian Games bonus

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The 2018 Asiad women's golf gold medalists decide to donate their government incentives to the National Golf Association of the Philippines

SUPPORT. The women's golf team gives back to the country not only in their golden performances but also with financial support to the national golf program. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Asian Games medalists get another surprise from Duterte

Sep 12, 2018 - 6:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte awards gold and silver medalists with P1 million and P500,000, respectively, on top of previously announced bonuses

New target: Beef up athletics, aquatics for 2019 SEA Games

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:00 PM

After the centerpiece sports failed to produce a medal again in the Asian Games, POC president Ricky Vargas says it shouldn't be the case in next year's SEA Games

2019 COMEBACK. (from left to right) Filipino athletes swimmer Roxanne Yu, hurdler Eric Cray, long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang and pole vaulter EJ Obiena will better their Asiad performances in the Manila SEA Games. Photos by Adrian Portugal/Rappler and Asian Games media pool (Yu)

Hidilyn Diaz on Olympic gold dreamers: 'The more the merrier'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz feels happy that Asian skate queen Margielyn Didal is also aiming for an Olympic gold

GIRL POWER. Hidilyn Diaz is happy that Margielyn Didal also shares the same Olympic gold dream as her. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

From bullying to budget cuts, wushu star Agatha Wong fights on

Sep 07, 2018 - 3:06 AM

The 2018 Asiad bronze medalist reveals that she overcame many challenges, including bullying and lack of financial support for her sport

Photo from Asian Games media pool

Back to zero: EJ Obiena gears up for pole vault comeback

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:22 PM

After recovering from an ACL injury, the Filipino pole vaulter hopes to find his way back to the top

LONG JOURNEY. EJ Obiena has a long way to go before he gets back on top. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Asian Games gold medalists get additional P1M bonus

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Double gold medalist Yuka Saso is set to receive the biggest cash windfall of P9.33 million in total incentives

GOLDEN GIRLS. Filipino female athletes (clockwise from top left) Yuka Saso of golf, Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal of skateboarding deliver the gold for the Philippines. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Filipina BMX rider Sienna Fines eyes Olympic dream

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:05 PM

The 19-year-old BMX rookie calls out for support as she bids to qualify to the 2020 Olympics

RISING ROOKIE. Sienna Fines finishes 5th out 10 in her first Asian Games stint. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Olympic clock ticking on boxing's 'cultural change'

Sep 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson hopes that IOC won't carry out its threat to remove boxing from the Olympics

CONTROVERSIAL. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon loses to Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Latipov via referee stopped contest after getting a cut on the forehead. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Beef, sushi on menu as Japan's Ikee scoops Asian Games MVP

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Teen swimming sensation Rikako Ikee of Japan becomes the first female athlete to win the Asiad Most Valuable Player award

HISTORIC. Japan’s Rikako Ikee highlights her incredible Asian Games campaign with several records, including becoming the first woman to win six golds at a single Games. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Team PH basks in golden glory, but more work to do

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The Philippines collects a surprise four-gold medal harvest in the 2018 Asian Games, but there's a need for improvement in other sporting fronts

Jaja, DLSU stars to skip Asian Volleyball Cup

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:07 AM

Just two weeks after the 2018 Asian Games, the Philippine women's volleyball team will see action in another international tournament

NO EXCUSES. The Philippine national women's volleyball team will have to gear up for another major competition just like its other Asian competitors. Photo from Asian Games PH media pool

India's 12-toed Asian Games champion to get special footwear

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A company has offered to provide special footwear for Asiad heptathlon gold winner Swapna Barman

CHAMPION. India’s Swapna Barman bags an athletics gold despite the pain caused by ill-fitting shoes. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Dismayed PH boxing team slams 'atrocious' Asiad shenanigans

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson says a lot of 'strange things' happened in the 2018 Asian Games boxing competitions

HEAD BUTT. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon ends up as a wounded silver medalist. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Indonesia to bid for 2032 Olympics

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:03 PM

After a successful staging of the 18th Asian Games, Indonesia believes it can host the world's biggest sporting event

SPECTACULAR. Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Photo by Arief Bagus/AFP

Rogen Ladon punches in 2nd PH silver

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The Filipino flyweight delivers Philippine boxing’s third medal in the 2018 Asian Games

Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

PH volleyball settles for 8th place in 2018 Asian Games

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The Philippines wraps up its first Asiad volleyball stint in 36 years with an eighth-place finish in the 11-team field

LAST STAND. Kim Fajardo sets up Dindin Santiago-Manabat for a hit during their final classification match against Indonesia. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Guiao: 'I thought we would fail but I was dead wrong'

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The fiery mentor admits that he had thoughts of the hastily-formed national team failing in the 2018 Asian Games

WORTH IT. Coach Yeng was proven wrong by the positive outcome of Gilas Pilipinas' 2018 Asian Games campaign. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Dad Mike confident Jordan Clarkson will return to PH team

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The father of the Filipino-American NBA player says the Philippine team experience feels better than his son's NBA Finals stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers

BRIGHT SPOT. National team coach Yeng Guiao hopes Jordan Clarkson can don the country's colors again. Photo from Asian Games media pool

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Aug 31, 2018 - 9:23 PM

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Gilas drubs Syria for 5th place Asiad finish

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The national men's basketball team pens a fairly happy ending to its dramatic Asian Games campaign

WINNING EXIT. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine basketball team close out their campaign with a victory. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Eumir Marcial claims another boxing bronze

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:36 PM

The two-time SEA Games gold medalist joins compatriot Carlo Paalam as the Philippines’ bronze medal finishers for the day

Carlo Paalam settles for bronze in Asiad light flyweight

Aug 31, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Light flyweight fighter Carlo Paalam bows to his Indian foe in the semifinal of the 2018 Asian Games boxing competition

SPLIT DECISION. Carlo Paalam drops a close fight. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Kazakhs push PH spikers down to battle for 7th

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team absorbs a five-set heartbreaker against Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games classification round

HIT. Mylene Paat tries to get one past the Kazakh's defensive wall. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH boxer Rogen Ladon advances to gold-medal round

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Filipino flyweight Rogen Ladon overpowers Thailand's Yuttapong Tongdee in the boxing semifinal of the 2018 Asian Games

CONVINCING WIN. Rogen Ladon (right) pulls off a masterful performance over his Thai foe. Photo from Asian Games media pool

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Aug 31, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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Pinay athletes deliver 70% of PH medal haul

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:29 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas says he's impressed that 12 of the Philippines' 18 medals came from Filipina athletes in the 2018 Asian Games

GOLDEN GIRLS. Philippines' gold medal haul is led by Yuka Saso, the women's golf team, Margielyn Didal and Hidilyn Diaz. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Gold-medal chase continues for 3 Pinoy boxers

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Assured of a bronze, Philippine boxers Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam and Rogen Ladon aim for another medal color

DOMINATING. Philippine boxer Eumir Felix Marcial (left) beats Korea's Kim Jinjea via unanimous decision to march into the middleweight semifinals. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Gilas targets Syria win to cap roller-coaster campaign

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team shoots for a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games

FINAL MATCH. Paul Lee and the Philippine men's basketball team aims for a winning exit in the Asiad. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'We're learning against giants,' says PH volleyball coach

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team battles Kazakhstan at the start of the classification round in the 2018 Asian Games

LEARNING EXPERIENCE. It has been a tough Asiad campaign for the Filipina spikers. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Judoka Kiyomi Watanabe cops 1st PH silver

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The Filipino-Japanese bows to the favored Nami Nabekura of Japan in title round of the 2018 Asian Games judo competition

SOLID DEBUT. Kiyomi Watanabe (in blue) delivers a medal right on her first Asian Games stint. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

After Clarkson, skater Margielyn Didal gets flag-bearer honor

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Gold medalist Margielyn Didal will lead the Philippine delegation in the 2018 Asian Games closing ceremonies

SKATER GIRL. Margielyn Didal's incredible Asian Games run has put a spotlight on Philippine skateboarding. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP