The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS Handa) appointed 11-time world boxing champion and Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao as one of its global ambassadors. ISPS executive Ms. Midori Miyazaki said that they are greatly honored to have the self-made Filipino legend be a part of their roster of ambassadors. Other ISPS Handa ambassadors are former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir John Key, former Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny, international rugby icons Dan Carter, Francos Pienaar and Mike Tindell, as well as top-rank golf pros Lydia Ko, Ernie Els, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Thorbjorn Olesen, Emiliano Grillo, and Lee Westwood.
Founded by Haruhisa Handa, the Japanese charitable organization ISPS Handa is known for its active involvement and sponsorship in major global tournaments and has also played a majore role in the promotion of blind golf worldwide. The said org donated US$100,000 to Sen. Pacquiao’s foundation named after him and his wife Jinkee. Emmanuel & Jinkee’s Heart Foundation, the senator said, is focused on house building, provision of medical support, and granting scholarships. Sen. Pacquiao also shared that he met Dr. Handa earlier this year in Japan and their shared vision for sports led to this partnership.
The official turnover was held during the launch of Sen. Pacquiao’s ambassadorship at the Makati Shangri-La last Wednesday, October 17.