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SBP leads race as 2013 top NSA

The federations of basketball, athletics, boxing, and wushu loom as top candidates for the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Year award the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) will be giving out during its Annual Awards Night on January 25.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) headed by telcom tycoon and sports patron Manuel V. Pangilinan is among the leading contenders following Gilas Pilipinas and Junior Gilas Pilipinas’ tremendous campaigns that earned them slots to the Fiba-World Cup next year, a first after a very long while in Philippine basketball history.

The Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) emerged the most productive NSA in the just concluded 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar after winning six gold medals, including two by double winner Archand Christian Bagsit

The Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines (ABAP) has also seen one of its successful years under its president Ricky Vargas when the federation bagged three gold medals in the SEA Games, and could have won even more if not for the questionable decisions handed out in two other finals matches involving Filipino pugs Nesthy Petecio and Wilfredo Lopez.

Also in the running is the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP), which kicked off the country’s gold-medal haul also in Myanmar with three golds.

On top of the NSA of the Year is the Athlete of the Year award which is being contested by Gilas Pilipinas for its Fiba World Cup berth and billiards aces Dennis Orcollo and Lee Van Corteza for their World Cup of Pool domination, and Rubilen Amit for her second Women’s World 10-Ball crown.