Philippine Tchoukball Federation formed, Davao’s Ramirez is chair

Ptr Gary Visitacion, PTF President and Steve C. Hontiveros, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Secretary-General.

(Left-right) Pastor Cuares, Pastor Visitacion and former PSC chairman Ramirez.

THE PHILIPPINE TCHOUKBALL FEDERATION (PTF) which is  the sole governing body accredited by the Federacion Internationale de Tchoukball (FITB) based in Geneva, Switzerland was recently formed in the Philippines last April, 2010. PTF is task to promote and develop the sport in the country.

This was announced by the PTF President Pastor Gary V. Visitacion thru a press release. Former PSC Chairman William I. Ramirez was elected as the Chairman Of The Board; Pastor Blair T. Cuares, Vice-President for Mindanao; Mr. Raymund C. Jamelo, Vice-President for Visayas; Mr. Hans Dee, Vice-President for Metro Manila & Luzon. Dr. Norman Edgar Magpantay has been appointed as the Regional Director for Southern Mindanao & Mr. David Dwight Penano as the Head Commissioner, PTF Official & Referee Commission for Southern Mindanao.
Tchoukball was invented by Dr. Hermann Brandt during the sixties in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a team sport that is played with seven (7) players in each team, with a ball and two tchoukball frames (with similarities to “trampolines”, inclined at a 55˚ angle), which are set at each end of the court. Since then the sport has been growing tremendously in Europe & Asia. Taiwan has been the defending champion for the past fifteen (15) years by beating Great Britain in the last World Games held in Taipei, Taiwan last 2009.
Pastor Gary Visitacion, PTF President together with Mr. John Cantong, PTF Regional Director for Metro Manila paid a courtesy call to Mr. Jose “Peping” Coquangco, Chairman, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Mr. Steve C. Hontiveros, POC General Secretary last May 19, 2010. Ptr Gary presented the PTF documents needed to be accredited with the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Pastor Gary said that “we are very excited with the development of Tchoukball in the country. Currently, we are still in the early stage of our federation. Our focus right now is the promotion of the sport nationwide, conducting seminar to Coaches, Officials & Referees for them to be FITB/PTF licensed which will allow them to Coach & Officiate tournaments sanctioned by the PTF.”
This coming June 18-19, 2010, Mr. Jeff Ang, Vice General Secretary of the Federacion Internationale de Tchoukball (FITB), General Secretary of the Tchoukball Association Of Singapore (TBAS) & currently the head coach of the Singapore Tchoukball National Team currently ranked 3rd during the last world games together with Ms. Melissa Lim, FITB International Referee & Chairperson, TBAS Referee Commission together with 2 other officials will be coming to Davao City to conduct a Coaches, Official & Referee Seminar. The seminar venue will be announce later. Coaches Registration Fee is P500.00 & Official/Referee Fee is P500.00. Each participant will received an FITB/PTF Membership Certificate & Identification Card.
For more information, please call the PTF Secretariat Office @ (082) 221-2670 and look for Ms. Otchie Lebrillo. You can text mobile phone numbers (0916) 2222-142 & (0922) 3545-710.(pr)