2023 will be a busy year for the sports community as the world catches up after the lockdowns.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) backs our national team in nine major competitions across the globe next year.

The PSC proposed a total budget of over P546 million to the Department of Budget and Management for five of these nine sporting events to provide for the needs of the national athletes and send them to the upcoming international multi-sport tournaments next year.

The PSC proposed the highest budget portion of P250 million for the country's participation in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from May 2-16, 2023. The sports agency hopes that our national athletes will surpass the previous fourth place finish in the biggest biennial multi-sport event in the region.

Budget for participation in the Asean Para Games and Asian Para Games and two world-level competitions of FIBA and FIFA are still being finalized as of this writing.

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The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China slated September 23 to October 8, gets a P100 million budget. During the 18th edition in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia in 2018, Team Philippines won 4 gold, 2 silver and 15 bronze medals.

The country is also eyeing to send the national athletes to the 4th World Combat Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from Oct. 5-14, 2023, with P72 million proposed budget, followed by the 6th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Bangkok-Chonburi, Thailand slated November 17-26 with P67 million and in the 2nd World Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia from August 5-17, with a proposed fund of P56 million.