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Patafa named NSA of the Year

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The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) has been named the national sports association of the year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association.

The association was cited for its program that saw it send three Filipino athletes to the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics and it will receive the award during the PSA Annual Awards Night on Feb. 13 at Le Pavillion.

Eric Shaun Cray, Marestella Torres-Sunang, and Mary Joy Tabal competed in the Rio Games and had the most number of athletes sent by a single asssociation in the Games.

Patafa had been previously named NSA of the Year by the PSA twice, the last of which was in 2009 when the federation delivered seven gold medals during the Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

Previous winners of the award include the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Philippine Taekwondo Association, Wushu Federation of the Philippines, Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines, Philippine Aquatics Sports Association, Philippine Dragonboat Association, among others.

It will be a double celebration for Patafa as its president, Philip Ella Juico, will be bestowed the Executive of the Year award in the gala night presented by San Miguel and Milo and co-presented by Cignal/HypherHD, with Smart, Philippine Sports Commission, Phoenix Petroleum, Gold Toe, Foton, ICTSI, Globalport, Mighty Sports, and Rain or Shine as major sponsors.

A total of 92 personalities and entities make up this year’s list of awardees for the two-hour program backed by the Philippine Basketball Association, SM Prime Holdings Inc., ACCEL, MVP Sports Foundation, PCSO, NLEX, Meralco, and Federal Land.

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