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GAB reminds pro athletes to shape up or ship out

THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) called the Filipino e-sports athletes ‘the real McCoy’ in professional sports as the agency reiterated the campaign against game-fixing and fraudulent schemes designed to destroy the integrity of the sports.

“Let us not make trash-talking a norm–and just like in other professions, I would like to remind everyone that a professional athlete has the responsibility to conduct himself well,” said GAB Commissioner Eduard Trinidad during the agency’s online seminar on the Code of Ethics and Conduct of Officials and Professional Athletes recently.

Participants in the seminars are professional esports players and game officials who will be participating in “The Nationals Season 3 – Tekken 7 Conference” on May 12.

GAB Chairman Baham Mitra, who participated during the question-and-answer portion, reminded the participants the consequences they were facing in breaking the code of conduct for professional athletes.

Assistant Chief of Professional Sports Division Jackie Ornido facilitated the Oath of Professional Athletes while June Bautista, the Chief of Professional Sports Division, delivered a short closing remark.

Also present were The Nationals commissioner Ren Vitug, Smart Omega Esports Chief Operating Officer Patrick Cruz, coach Pica Lozano, and Juliano “Jules” Lozano, Bren Esports’ Maru “Maru” Sy, STI’s Michael “Hapon” Magbanua, Cignal’s Djamille “NatureLover” San Juan and Raphael “Vermillion” Cuerva, and Playbook Esports manager David Sison.

Leading the participanting athletes were Southeast Asian Games medalists Alexandre “AK” Laverez and Andreij “Doujin” Albar of Laus Playbook Esports.

The focal persons for esports led by Noemi Lizardo hosted the virtual session — tackling several topics which include different rules and responsibilities for athletes and officials. She was assisted by Ms. Janela Deauna, Mr. Justine Macasero, and Ms. Cynthia Cañezal, the focal persons for esports.

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