Pilipinas Sambo joins global celebration of International Day of Sports for Development and Peace
Pilipinas Sambo joins global celebration of International Day of Sports for Development and Peace
DAVAO CITY---The Davao City-based National Sports Association Pilipinas Sambo joined other sports organizations in celebrating the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace scheduled on April 6.

Pilipinas Sambo, led by its Davaoeno president Paolo Tancontian raised a "White Card" to support such a significant sports celebration.

Recently, Tancontian was given a position in the prestigious International Sambo Federation (FIAS) Council.

Tancontian is now a member of the FIAS Sports and Active Society Commission tasked to propagate Sambo even more worldwide.

In a Facebook post, Tancontian is grateful for the position given to him by FIAS.

"Thank you, Heavenly Father. Thank you, FIAS, for the Appointment I will work harder for the development of Sambo," Tancontian said.

Earlier, Tancontian expressed deep gratitude to all those people who voted for him to lead the newly recognized sports organization of the Philippine Sports Commission.

Tancontian said he could not believe that a boy from the province would lead a fast-rising National Sports Association in the Philippines.

Now that he gets the chance to head Pilipinas Sambo, Tancontian vowed to do his best to propagate the sport even more and produce more world-class athletes.

"Now that I am given the opportunity to lead the association I worked hard to establish, I will do the full extent of my capacity para mas ma propagate pa ito and produce more competitive athletes that will give honor to our beloved country," Tancontian said.

"I am a man of action. I let my actions speak for my words. Pero makakaasa po ang lahat na gagawin ko ang abot ng aking makakaya para sa Pilipinas Sambo, para sa atletang Pilipino Para sa Dios at sa Bayan," Tancontian added.

Before becoming the president of Pilipinas Sambo, Tancontian is the secretary-general of the same NSA.

Learning judo at the age of seven, Tancontian is an eight-year mainstay of the Philippine National Team.

Tancontian is also the father of world-class Sambo practitioners Sydney and Chino Sy, who won numerous international medals for Sambo. (Romeo Braceros Jr.)

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