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Hero Surfer Roger Casugay Becomes PH Flag-Bearer For SEA Games Closing Rites

HERO SURFER – Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay was lauded for saving his competitor from drowning during SEA Games 2019.

Hero Surfer To Be Philippine Flag-Bearer During SEA Games Closing Rites
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Accidents are inevitable in any kind of competition. One of the most dangerous sport is aquatic events.

Even if there are lots of rescuers in the area, athletes should be careful with the waves because it is treacherous and unpredictable.

On Friday, December 6, an Indonesian surfer drowned during a SEA Games 2019 competition in La Union. Fortunately, his Filipino opponent was nearby and immediately came to rescue him.

Hero Surfer To Be Philippine Flag-Bearer During SEA Games Closing Rites
Image from: Inquirer

Because of his heroic actions, Csugay has been tapped to be the Philippines’ flag-bearer for the SEA Games’ closing rites. Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez had this to say:

By sacrificing his chance for a gold to save an opponent, he embodies the true essence of being a sport man

Casugay was bestowed the honor of leading a wave of world-class Filipino champion athletes. These include gold medalists like Caloy Ulo, Rubilen Amit, Margie Didal, EJ Obiena, Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial, Meggie Ochoa, and Kiyomi Watanabe.

According to an article from Philstar, if the organizers had not put Casugay’s match on hold, it wouldn’t have made him lose his chance to get the gold.

However, when he was saving the life of his competitor, Indonesia’s Nurhidayat, the gold was the last thing on his mind. He proves to be an exemplary example to everyone in the entire world.

The Pinoy athlete gave away his sure-shot to bag the gold medal to help his rival Arip Nurhidayat. Two days after his heroic act, he defeated the Indonesian surfer in the semifinal and won the gold medal.

Like this article? READ ALSO: SEA Games 2019: Filipino Surfer Roger Casugay Lauded For Saving Rival

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