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For PH 5 standouts, Asian Video games gold was the prize – all the things else a bonus

Gamers like Ange Kouame, who was a kind of instrumental within the remaining towards Jordan, by no means
requested about how a lot they have been getting for enjoying within the nationwide staff. —AFP

There’s no query the gamers of the nationwide staff that gained the gold within the Asian Video games (Asiad) males’s basketball occasion might be rewarded for his or her efforts. However the bonus is simply that—a bonus.

Group supervisor Alfrancis Chua mentioned cash was by no means a problem for members of the Philippine squad who accepted the decision to characterize the nation within the Hangzhou Asian Video games.

“Not one participant requested how a lot the allowance is. Nothing. That’s a very good factor,” Chua mentioned in Filipino on Monday in a press convention held on the Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) Workplace in Libis, Quezon Metropolis.

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Chua lauded those that took half within the historic run to the nation’s first gold since 1962 with a roster solely fashioned barely two weeks earlier than heading to China for the continental meet.

Chua mentioned the gamers have been fueled solely by a dedication to place Gilas Pilipinas again on the mountaintop, not how a lot they’ll get for the service they finally rendered for the flag and nation.

“We’re so happy with the gamers. Even [Justin] Brownlee, even [Ange] Kouame, they didn’t ask for something. They only wish to win,” mentioned Chua. “They didn’t get something additional simply to play for the Asian Video games.”

That was in distinction to the calls for of a participant that PBA chair Ricky Vargas bared.

“I spoke to 1 participant that we needed to play for the staff. He mentioned, ‘Sure, I really like the nation, I’ll play for the staff.’ After which he says, ‘Speak to my supervisor.’ After which the supervisor got here again and says, ‘He’ll play so long as you pay him.’ Then I went to Alfrancis and to Tim,” mentioned Vargas.

Chua mentioned San Miguel Company head honcho Ramon S. Ang and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan have dedicated to reward the staff for the historic feat.

“For those who’re going to ask in the event that they’ll obtain something? In fact, they’ll do, They gained the gold,” mentioned Chua. “Boss RSA (Ang) and Sir MVP (Pangilinan) are going to offer one thing to the gamers.” INQ

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