Two Southeast Asian Games gold winners lead a four-man Philippine team that will compete in the Asian qualifying event for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games scheduled on April 16 and 17 at Marriott Convention Center Grand Ballroom, New Port Complex in Pasay City.
Samuel Thomas Morrison and Pauline Louise Lopez, both 2015 SEA Games champions, Francis Aaron Agojo, 2015 SEA Games silver winner and Levita Ronna Ilao, bronze medalist in the 2015 SEA Games and Asian Games will kick for Rio de Janeiro berths.
They will face jins from 40 other countries who are eyeing Olympic tickets via the Asian qualifying event hosted by the Philippines and sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation.
Preparations for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games will commence within the month as top sports officials begin figuring out the sports that could help the Philippines regain regional supremacy.
Philippine Sports Commission Chair Richie Garcia said the Philippine Olympic Committee would form the organizing committee this month to identify and study the sports it feels should be included in the calendar of the biennial Games in 2019.
“We should include not only sports where we can win sure gold medals but also events where we have a chance of winning,” said Garcia.
On the heels of successful runs in international competitions, Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) president Alvin Aguilar says that in the next Southeast Asian Games, the country’s wrestling team will take home at least eight medals.
“There’s no other way. We need to shoot for the stars,” Aguilar said on Tuesday during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Pizza in Malate, Manila.
WAP contingents took home three golds, six silvers and five bronzes in the Southeast Asian Cadets and Juniors Championship in Thailand, and followed it up with another strong showing in the Southeast Asian Senior Championship in Singapore, bagging four golds, seven silvers and two bronzes.
The Philippines has formally assumed the responsibility of hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games without promising to build a new stadium.
Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia announced Thursday that existing facilities would be used in the Manila SEA Games with the bulk of the events to be held in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta earlier confirmed that the POC executive board had passed a resolution accepting the hosting chores for the 2019 Games. He said the POC would officially communicate the decision to the SEA Games Federation, the policy-making body of the 11-nation regional competition.
MANILA, Philippines - If the Philippines wants to regain overall supremacy in the SEA Games, it has to finish in the top three in 2017 in Malaysia and hope it gets to host the biennial event in 2019.
This was the assessment made by Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco as he looked forward to the next stagings of the SEA Games.
The Philippines finished sixth overall in the just-concluded SEA Games in Singapore, just a notch higher than its finish in 2013 in Myanmar.
We can stage the Southeast Asian Games anytime.
This was the assurance of Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia who said the country has enough facilities to stage the biennial event in 2019.
Garcia said that when the Philippines last hosted the Games in 2005, “we still don’t have MOA Arena and the Philippine Arena.”
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ritchie Garcia is confident that the Philippines is up to the task of hosting the SEA Games in 2019 owing to the new infrastructures built after the country's last hosting in 2005.
Brunei recently backed out of its hosting rights in 2019 and the other member countries during the recent SEA Games in Singapore were vouching for the Philippines to host the biennial event.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco said that all it needs is a formal letter of intent before giving it a go.