RACES FOR SEAG. Philippine Racing Commission chairman Aurelio "Reli" De Leon (2nd from right) and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Jose Emmanuel "Noli" Eala (2nd from left) shake hands after meeting at the PSC Building inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila on Thursday (Nov. 10, 2022). The Philracom will hold five races for the benefit of at least 800 athletes bound for SEA Games. (Photo courtesy of PSC)

MANILA – The Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) will host five charity races for the benefit of the Southeast Asian Games-bound athletes at the Metro Manila Turf Club Inc. in Malvar, Batangas on Nov. 13.

Philracom chairman Aurelio “Reli” De Leon has approved the charity races to help the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) finance the training and preparation of national teams for Cambodia SEA Games from May 5 to 17 next year.

“We are one with the Philippine Sports Commission in its mission to serve the best interests of our Filipino athletes. We want to help the PSC in our own humble way by organizing five charity races for the benefit of our national athletes,” De Leon said in a PSC statement on Thursday.

The proceeds of the five charity races that will be turned over to the PSC will depend on the gross betting sales per designated races.

“The Philippine Racing Commission led by Chairman Reli De Leon has always been a partner of the PSC in all of its sports programs and agenda. And today's project of extending charity races, is a huge boost towards ensuring the success of our Filipino athletes in the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games,” PSC chairman Jose Emmanuel "Noli" Eala said.

“We are truly grateful, proud and glad to be a partner of the Philracom in our thrust of caring for our Filipino athletes like no other, and we hope that this will just be the start of more meaningful projects with them,” he added.

Eala is expected to grace the awarding ceremonies of the charity races.

Team Philippines Chef de Mission and Philippine Amateur Baseball Association president Chito Loyzaga has estimated that more than 800 athletes will compete in the regional biennial meet. (PNA)