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NCC head believes PH cheerleaders can reap Olympic hardware

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 06:16 PM August 05, 2015
Members of the Philippine team, NCAA and Solar exectutives during a presscon on Wednesday. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.net

Members of the Philippine team, NCAA and Solar exectutives during a presscon on Wednesday. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.net

Strong words from a strong man.

Carlos Valdez, Head of the National Cheerleading Competition, said Wednesday Filipino cheerleaders can win Olympic medals if cheerleading gets recognized as a sport in the world’s largest sporting spectacle.

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“Once cheerleading becomes an Olympic sport, I can assure you, every four years we will have a medal,” Valdez said during the NCC’s announcement with Solar Entertainment for telecast rights of the cheerleading competition in Capitol Commons.

“We’ve been celebrated in Orlando, the Mecca of cheerleading.”

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Valdez added the Philippines received a special award in Orlando after the Filipino contingent produced a podium finish in every competition in subtropical Florida.

Paula Nunag, a head judge of the NCC, said their partnership with Solar, which would last until 2018, would showcase cheerleading as a sport and not just an intermission number during the halftime break of basketball games.

“What we want to do is to show to the wider audience this is a sport, cheerleaders are athletes,” Nunag said. “They don’t just smile in front of the camera and look cute.”

“They work hard to improve, it’s a matter of levelling up.” CFC

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