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Smart pledges support to Filipino athletes competing at the 2018 Asian Games
Smart pledges support to Filipino athletes competing at the 2018 Asian Games

Smart pledges support to Filipino athletes competing at the 2018 Asian Games

PLDT continues to support athletes representing the country in the international arena, this time providing communication and connectivity support to the Philippine national team competing at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Smart, through the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC),  turned over Smart Prepaid LTE SIMS and load cards  that the  270 Filipino athletes can use on Smart World Data Roaming Manager – an international service that Smart subscribers abroad can access to easily manage mobile internet usage. The Philippine team is set to face the best Asian athletes in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. 

POC Secretary General Patrick Gregorio believes that the communication support is essential to the delegation’s performance.

Smart sends off national basketball team

During the send-off practice before the team flew to Indonesia, Smart committed its support to the Philippine national men’s basketball team, pledging connectivity for the players during the tournament. They were provided Smart Prepaid SIMs and load cards, plus premium access to Free Bee, an app that delivers crystal-clear calls to the Philippines for free, without requiring internet connection from their families back home.     

Representing the country together with Clarkson, the all-star roster consists of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ Maverick Ahanmisi, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Chris Tiu, Gabe Norwood, and James Yap, Magnolia Hotshots’ Paul Lee, San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger, GlobalPort Batang Pier’s Stanley Pringle, Blackwater Elite’s Poy Erram, and NLEX Road Warriors’ Asi Taulava. The team is now ready to raise the Philippine flag with the last-minute inclusion of Filipino-American NBA star Jordan Clarkson raising hopes for a medal finish.

Staying connected with Smart

Despite being abroad for several days, the players won’t have to worry about keeping in touch with their families and fans back in the Philippines.

The athletes will also be able to subscribe to any Data Roaming Pack via Smart World’s Data Roaming Manager wherever they are in the world and they will also be able to monitor their Roaming Data Usage real time.

In the last edition of the Asian Games in 2014, the Philippine basketball team finished with a 3-4 record landing them to the seventh spot. This year, the team will play in Group D together with Kazakhstan and China.

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