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Dickie Bachmann replaces Noli Eala as Philippine Sports Commission chairman

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Former UAAP commissioner Richard “Dickie” Bachmann has taken over the chairmanship of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as the 12th chairman of the country’s national sports agency, replacing Emmanuel “Noli” Eala whose four-month stint ended in late December 2022.

The long-time PBA executive was sworn into office by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin at Malacañang, bringing with him a wealth of management experience in organized sports such as the Alaska Aces, UAAP, PBA, and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

He immediately gathered the PSC board consisting of Olivia “Bong” Coo, former Cebu City Sports Commission chair Edward Hayco, and former national fencer Walter Torres.

He checked out the Rizal Memorial Sports Center (RMSC) facilities in Manila.

Bachmann, 54, said, “I bring with me nearly three decades of experience in organized sports, as well as the Alaska Aces philosophy I have learned and valued over the years, which is to win with integrity while helping our athletes to become better individuals off the court.’’ said Bachmann, former chairman of the PBA 3X3.

He continued, “I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to serve our Philippine athletes in this capacity. I look forward to working with the NSAs (national sports associations), together with our PSC team members and commissioners, in order to help our athletes prepare for this year’s sporting events.’’

Richard Bachmann officially takes his oath as the new Philippine Sports Commission chairman before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin at Malacañang Palace.PSC FACEBOOK PHOTO

The new PSC chief let go of his other commitments in the UAAP, PBA, and the 2023 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup organizing committee that will host with Japan and Indonesia.

Bachmann, a former De La Salle University Green Archer and Alaska Aces player before joining the team’s management core, received the news of his appointment while vacationing in the United States with his family.

Now that the PSC board has a quorum, it can at last support the athletes in funding their trips for necessary training and competitions abroad, which was a dilemma when only Eala and Coo were on the board as they couldn’t disburse the funding for national athletes in the past five months.

Meanwhile, Eala said he has helped improve the welfare of Filipino athletes during his term and is proud of what he has accomplished.

On his Twitter, he confirmed leaving his post after four months, which is the shortest stint ever by any government agency head.

Eala, a former PBA commissioner, respected the President’s decision to make the change, thanking him for the opportunity to serve the country and the Philippine sports community.

“I wish to thank President Bongbong Marcos for affording me the chance to help Philippine Sports rise to greater heights. I serve at the pleasure of the president and I fully respect his decision. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our sports leaders who gave their unwavering support. This was the best decision,” he said.

Eala also said, “My brief stint in the PSC gave me an opportunity to once again serve with passion in a field I hold close to my heart. With all humility, I can say that I gave dignity and respect to the position of Chairman and worked tirelessly for Philippine Sports.”

He also thanked those who supported his administration.

“I wish the new chairman of the PSC all the best. As I leave, I am at peace knowing that in the months I served, I cared for all our athletes and Philippine Sports like no other,” Eala added.

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