FILIPINO bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno was enshrined to the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. — PAENG NEPOMUCENO FB PAGE

NOMINATIONS for the next batch of athletes to be enshrined to the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame are extended, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced.

In light of the ongoing situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the PSC, through its chairman and 2020 Hall of Fame head William Ramirez, said it decided to move the deadline for nominations to Jan. 21, 2021.

“The selection committee has decided to extend the nominations to give equal opportunity for the public to submit their nominations, and for us to study it,” said Mr. Ramirez in a statement.

The selection committee met recently to discuss its plans for the hall of fame enshrinement, which incidentally was scheduled to be held this month.

Among those discussed was the possibility of holding the event online so as to safeguard the health of those participating as well adjustments that needed to be made in such a setup.

Mr. Ramirez is joined in the selection committee by Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham Mitra, Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general Atty. Edwin Gastanes, Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Atty. Avelino Sumagui, University Athletic Association of the Philippines executive director Atty. Rene Saguisag Jr., and Philippine Olympians Association president Akiko Thomson Guevara.

The Philippine Sports Hall of Fame is made possible under Republic Act No. 8757 or the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame Act, which establishes the enshrinement of Filipino athletes, coaches and trainers who have distinguished themselves in their particular fields in sports.

It was first held in 2010 with Carlos Loyzaga (basketball), Gabriel Elorde (boxing) and Teofilo Yldefonso (swimming), among those enshrined.

Succeeding events took place in 2016 and 2018. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo