Del Rosario Named 2019 SEA Games Chef de Mission

Photo caption: Makati City Congressman and AIMAG chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario being interviewed upon arrival at Naia Terminal 2 following the PH team’s successful campaign in the recent 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Included in the photo is deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes, secretary general of the Philippine Karatedo Federation

The Philippine Olympic Committee wants the country’s accomplishment in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to rub off in the 2019 Philippine hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.

To earn a similar degree of success, POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. has tapped Makati City congressman and AIMAG chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario as head of delegation in the 2019 biennial Games.

“I want him to become the chef de mission of our SEA Games team when we host in 2019,’’ said Cojuangco during the dinner party for the AIMAG delegation on Friday night at the V Corporate building in Makati City.

Behind Del Rosario’s stewardship, the Philippines collected two gold medals, 14 silvers and 14 bronzes from the 5th AIMAG in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The PH medal haul proved to be better than all of the medals won by Filipino athletes in the past four editions of the continental sportsfest combined.

“We need somebody like him who knows what the athletes need. He definitely knows how to do it,’’ said Cojuangco.

Del Rosario, the current secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association, will bring along his deputy in the Aimag, Raymund Lee Reyes of karatedo and squash president Robert Bachmann as deputy CDMs.

“Cong Peping (Cojuangco) told me that he wants me to be the CDM and that I cannot refuse after a very successful mission in the AIMAG,’’ said Del Rosario. “As a former athlete 30 years ago, I know how these athletes feel. This is my service to the country.’’

As SEAG CDM, Del Rosario will be in charge of the PH delegation, which is targeting another overall championship in 2019 after the Philippines captured its first-ever overall title when Manila hosted the Games in 2005.

The former actor and taekwondo champion will request for four deputy CDMs to work with him, including Reyes and Bachmann. Reyes is the secretary general of the Philippine Karatedo Federation.

Also being considered to join Del Rosario’s team as deputy CDMs are sepak takraw chief Karen Caballero and judo president Dave Carter.

Del Rosario explained that having four deputy CDMs is necessary since he will run for reelection and hit the campaign trail on the early months of 2019.

“I will need efficient people to help me take care of the national team while I’m busy during the election period,’’ said Del Rosario.