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I Executive Summary From the time the Olympic Movement was founded sports have undergone a lot of changes Over these years sports has transformed into what is now very complex very scientific very competitive and very expensive Most of the developed countries particularly the US UK Germany Russia Italy France took the lead in initiating reforms in their sports system More recently China Korea have likewise taken necessary steps to improve their performance in international competitions Even our neighboring countries like Thailand Indonesia and Malaysia have moved towards the same direction Vietnam which was ravaged by war has also adjusted its programs to gain international prominence in sports Unfortunately the same could not be said for the Philippines We were once a superpower in sports not just in the Southeast Asian region but also in the whole of Asia Our athletes excel in many fields such as Track Field Swimming Baseball Tennis and volleyball while dominating most of basketball competitions in Asia until about thirty years ago Our standing in Asian sports has declined dramatically as compared with countries like China South Korea Japan and several countries in the Middle East and Central Asia Given the opportunity and appropriate support Filipinos have the talents and skills to excel in sports And like many other 3rd world countries Sports rely heavily on government support Performance of athletes in international competitions is usually determined by the support that sports receive from government Sports are important to government It is a tool for nation building it promotes fitness and healthy lifestyle it supports the concepts of excellence teamwork and fair play it also promotes national pride and international goodwill The achievements of our athletes in international competition bring immeasurable benefits to the government and to the entire country It not only brings joy and pride to our people but also unites the nation behind our athletes and teams Essentially it develops a sense
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