CAPAS, Tarlac - "Humankind most importantly." Roger Casugay, the Filipino surfing gold medalist who spared the life of an Indonesian contender, drew acclaims from Indonesian President Joko Widodo for his courageous demonstration.
In a message posted by Widodo on his checked Twitter account @jokowi yesterday, the Indonesian Chief Executive indicated thankfulness and appreciation for Casugay, who relinquished the fight to save Indonesian wager Arhip Nurhidayat after the last lost of his board to the moving waves and about suffocated during their elimination round match in San Fernando, La Union.
"Winning the challenge and maintaining sportsmanship is significant, however humankind is most importantly," said Widodo in Indonesia. "My gratefulness for Roger Casugay, a Filipino surfer who surrendered the brilliant chance (to win) to help an Indonesian competitor who fell in the race. Welcome from Indonesia," he included.
Because of the occurrence, Casugay's confrontation with Nurhidayat was canceled.
At the point when it was rescheduled, the man who become known as the surfer with "a kind nature" beat Nurhidayat and afterward kinsman Jay-R Esquivel last Sunday to take gold.
Casugay was likewise offered the respect of conveying the nation's banner carrier during the end rituals of the 30th SEA Games tomorrow at the New Clark City here.
"By giving up his opportunity to spare a rival, he typifies the genuine pith of being a sportsman," said the Philippines Sports Commission executive William "Butch" Ramirez, alluding to Casugay.
As banner conveyor, Casugay will play out the pretended by comrades Margie Didal, EJ Obiena, Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial, Meggie Ocho and Kiyomi Watanabe in the opening service.
Its a respect that fits somebody with a kind nature.
It was simply one more day at the workplace for Gilas Pilipinas.
Leaving a path of decimation during the three-game elims, the powerhouse Philippine group continued beating and passed up the semi rival Indonesia, 97-70, to snatch its normal spot in the Southeast Asian Games men's b-ball finale.
The Nationals released their strength in a burning second from last quarter attack, 39-17, to remove the battle from the Rajko Toroman-trained Indons and move a success away from piling on the nation's thirteenth sequential enclosure title in the biennial meet.
Christian Standhardinger (14 points), Matthew Wright (13 markers and eight help), Vic Manuel (12 point) and Chris Ross (11-5-6) took the bludgeons for the unbeaten home side, which safeguards its SEA Games crown this evening against Thailand.
The Thais required a late 8-0 burst to score a come - from-behind 101-95 triumph over Vietnam and complete its development prior.
The Indons kept in step with Filipino part of the way through, remaining inside eight markers at the 7:12 signs of the third , before Gilas flicked on the switch and went max speed.
Ross, the group's driving assistman, ventured forward when called upon disagreeably, terminating three triples in a torrid 16-0 salvo that enlarged the hole to 63-39.
Wright and Lassiter then finished the quarter with consecutive triples to balance the two recently made by the Indons and make it a 26 challenge.
Juan Laurent Kokodiputra paced Toroman's group with 20 spiked by six three-pointers.
OCHOA DRIVES 3-GOLDS ASSAULT IN JIU-JITSU
San Fernando, Pampanga-World hero Meggie Ochoa initiated the Philippine charge in jiu-jitsu where it pulled three gold awards yesterday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Laus Group Events Center here.
Ochoa, 29, satisfied hopes as she bested Dao Le Thu Trang of Vietnam, 13-0, to guarantee the ladies' under-45kg gold, one of the three won by the Filipino grapplers on the first of the two-day occasion.
It was another credit to Ochoa after she won in the World Championships in Sweden and a Grand Slam occasion in London while grabbing a bronze in the Asian Games in Indonesia- - all coming in a year ago.
Dignitary Michael Roxas overpowered Singapore's Benjamin Jie Jun Chia in the men's U85kg and Carlo Angelo Pena trounced Indonesia's Rengga Richard, 17-2, in the men's U56kg to represent the host country's other two golds.
There was an odds for the nation to round up two additional mints yet it slipped in the hands of Jenna Kaila Napolis, who endured a tragic 2-2 destruction to Cambodia's Jessa Khan in the ladies' U49kg, and Marc Alexander Lim, who capitulated to Thailand's Banpot Lertthaisong, 0-2, in the men's U69kg.
Gian Taylor Dee contributed a bronze by overcoming Ananda Ikhsan of Indonesia in the mens U62kg.
The game closes today with five golds to be staked in the men's U77kg, U94kg and U120 kg and ladies' U62kg and U55kg.