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Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez (third from left) and USANA Philippines and Indonesia Vice President Aurora Mandanas-Gaston (third from right) seal the partnership between the two agencies in a simple ceremony at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City. REYMUNDO G. NILLAMA

USANA supports national athletes

Global nutritional company, USANA Health Sciences Inc., has agreed to provide health supplements for the country’s 300 elite athletes. 

USANA Philippines and Indonesia vice president, Aurora Mandanas-Gaston, and William Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commisssion (PSC), signed a two-year deal at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City on Wednesday.

Ramirez said the partnership is in line with the sports agency’s vision to promote sports among the youth and to improve the national athletes program.

“This is very timely, given our preparations for the Southeast Asian Games and the build-up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said.

“Any support for the national team is welcome news and shall be vital contributions to our campaign for higher achievements on the global athletic arena. We thank USANA for their interest in helping our athletes achieve more.”

According to the memorandum of agreement, USANA will provide three of its premier supplements, namely Essentials, CoQuinone and Procosa. The three products will be distributed directly to the 300 athletes to foster transparency in the implementation of the partnership.

“It is a privilege to work with the PSC-Philippine Sports Institute in their goal to get athletes ready to represent our country in the international sports arena. We are proud that we are able to provide Filipino athletes the same pharmacy-grade, safe, NSF-certified and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-approved nutritional products being enjoyed by world-class athletes,” said Gaston.

NSF is the National Science Foundation, an American agency based in Michigan that is involved in product testing, inspection and certification.

Also present during the contract-signing were PSC-Philippine Sports Institute national training director Marc Edward Velasco, USANA field development supervisor and athletes relations officer Leeo Onanad, and national athletes Eugene Torre (chess), Rubilen Amahit (billiards), 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina and Pablo Catalan (table tennis), Ric Magnao and Cristian Jun Lozada (fencing), and Divine Wally (wushu).

USANA, which was founded in 1992, has provided thousands of elite and professional athletes around the world with high-quality nutritional supplements. Its first involvement in sports was in 1999 when it partnered with the speed skating teams of the United States and Canada. PNA 

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