Richard “Dickie” Bachmann has been appointed chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), a job that puts him at the forefront of the nation’s progressive sports program.
Not only will the current UAAP Basketball Commissioner need to chart the country’s grassroots programs, Bachmann will have to deal with more than a thousand national athletes from at least 70 sports and leaders. their leadership to ensure the continued success of Philippine campaigns abroad.
The appointment letter from Bachmann, the governor of the Alaska team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) before the franchise was sold to Converge, arrived at the government sports agency’s office on Wednesday.
“I just heard the news,” Bachmann, 54, who is on vacation with his family in the United States, told the Inquirer in a text message as he took over Jose Emmanuel “Noli” Eala, who had served the agency for just four months. after taking office on September 1 last year.
He flew home on December 30 and will issue a statement before that. Bachmann reported the work on January 3.
“It is a great honor, and I thank the President [Marcos] for his trust and confidence,” Bachmann added.
His appointment was signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin as early as December 23, based on a document obtained by the Inquirer. Eala, former PBA Commissioner and chief executive officer of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), was appointed during the tenure of former Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, which many feel led to his brief stint.
“My brief time has given me the opportunity to serve with passion,” Eala said in a statement. “With all humility, I can say that I have given this position dignity and respect and have worked tirelessly for Philippine sport.”
Like Eala, Bachmann, who holds a business management degree from La Salle, has a long track record in sports management. After serving as team manager and governor of the Alaska Aces, the former La Salle player is now president of the PBA 3×3 and UAAP basketball commissioner.
Bachmann also joins the organizing committee for the 2023 Fiba World Basketball Championship (International Basketball Federation) which the Philippines will host alongside Indonesia and Japan at the end of next year. As a member of Alaska’s 1996 Grand Slam champion team, Bachmann said he will speak to all the heads of agencies and organizations he’s currently involved with such as SBP’s Al Panlilio, Rebo Saguisag’s UAAP and Willie Marcial of the PBA. Joining Bachmann on the board are Olympian fencing athletes Walter Torres and Edward Hayco, who will sit as commissioners alongside Bong Coo and a fourth to be named later. request
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