Hero surfer Roger Casugay first Filipino to receive international Fair Play Award

  • Roger Casugay has been honored as the first Filipino to be the recipient of the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award
  • The award, which was inaugurated in 1954, recognizes notable heroic and humanitarian acts in sports
  • Casugay was dubbed a hero in last year’s Southeast Asian Games, when he sacrificed the opportunity to win a gold medal to save a surfing competitor from Indonesia

Surfer Roger Casugay has been awarded the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award.

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It can be recalled that Casugay was one of the country’s heroes in last year’s Southeast Asian Games, when he gave up an opportunity to win a gold medal and instead saved a competitor from Indonesia.

Casugay is once again bringing pride to our country for being the first Filipino recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award given by the Comite? International du Fair-Play (International Fair Play Committee).

The prestigious award, which was inaugurated in 1954, recognizes heroic and notable humanitarian acts in sports. Casugay is expected to fly to Monaco to personally receive the award or he could receive the award virtually if the COVID-19 crisis continues.

The Philippine Sports Commission congratulated Casugay for the pride and honor he gave to the country. PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who was also the chef-de-mission in the SEA Games, expressed his pride at the recognition of Casugay’s heroic act.

“We are very proud of Roger because he has truly exemplified the true meaning of being a Filipino and a sportsman,” Ramirez said in a statement.

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“It is a more fulfilling achievement to be recognized for character than skills and achievements. It shows who we are as people and as a nation,” said Ramirez.

“Seven months after the Games, we are still feeling the pride that our national athletes achieved for the Filipino people,” he added.