Long before next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, the Philippines is already ruing the loss of at least 15 gold medals with the decision of the host country to remove karatedo and muay from the roster of events and reduce the categories to be disputed in taekwondo, wushu and judo.
And as if to add insult to injury, Philippine chef de mission Julian Camacho also announced yesterday that BMX cycling, where Daniel Caluag nailed the lone Filipino gold medal in the recent Incheon Asian Games after topping the same event in the 2013 Burma (Myanmar) Games, won’t be staged either.
“It’s final. There’s no more appeal. If you look at the list, we could lost 15 potential gold medals,” said Camacho during the Philippine Olympic Committee General Assembly at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
After the debacle Team Philippines suffered in the recent Incheon Asian Games, Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia is now moving toward the direction of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
Garcia said Tuesday the country would seek redemption in the biennial meet scheduled in June in Singapore with no less than a fourth-place performance in mind.
“There’s only eight months left to prepare for the next SEA Games. We have to focus and really push for a better performance of at least No. 3 or No. 4,” said Garcia during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate backed by Accel and Pagcor.
MANILA, Philippines — After excluding karate, wrestling and weightlifting from the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, the SEA Games Federation kicked out women’s football as well.
Men’s football, however, was spared since the host country has a high probability of seizing a medal in the sport.
In a report on www.goal.com, SEAG Federation sports and rules committee chair Chris Chan admitted that the final roster of sports is based on Singapore’s chances of winning.
SINGAPORE — Floorball, a hockey-like game popular in Singapore, will make its debut in the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games hosted by the city-state, while karate, weightlifting and wrestling are out, organisers said Tuesday.
There will be 402 gold in 36 sports, including equestrian events, waterskiing and rowing, in the regional biennial games, the Singapore National Olympic Council said.
Council secretary-general Chris Chan said hosts Singapore added six more sports from the initial 30 after appeals from member countries of the SEA Games Federation.
MANILA, Philippines - Organizers of the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore are making sure there won’t be any controversy surrounding the sports to be played and the number of events to be contested this year.
According to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Tom Carrasco, Singapore has already lined up 36 sports and 381 events from June 5-16.
It’s the first time Singapore is hosting the SEA Games since 1993 when the hosts finished fourth overall with 50 gold, 60 silver and 74 bronze medals.
MANILA, Philippines - The Southeast Asian Games Federation has approved boxing’s re-inclusion in the SEAG calendar next year in Singapore, ensuring the Filipinos’ stake for gold medals in the country’s perennial goldmine in the biennial multi-sport event.
The SEAG organizing committee has previously approved an initial list of 30 sports disciplines, which excluded boxing. But in a meeting last week in Singapore, Philippine Olympic Committee chair Tom Carrasco confirmed boxing’s re-inclusion along with traditional boat race, equestrian, indoor volleyball, petanque and floorball.
“Total sports approved to date are now 36,” said Carrasco, who arrived yesterday from the SEAGF meeting in Singapore.
SINGAPORE — Fresh off their bronze medal victory at last December’s South-east Asian Games in Myanmar, the Republic’s basketballers are gunning for gold in 2015, when the games will be held in Singapore.
The Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) has outlined its game plan for the next 18 months, as the Republic’s cagers attempt to usurp reigning champions and regional giant the Philippines in their bid for the nation’s first SEA Games gold in basketball.
“We did extremely well last year — we expected to win the bronze and the team achieved it,” said BAS President David Ong on the sidelines of the SEA Games appreciation dinner at Roland Restaurant on Saturday.