Sports leaders should put in the same effort in preparing national athletes for next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur as they did in the recent Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission have agreed not to take the SEA Games for granted and will begin rallying the national sports associations to embrace the 11-nation, biennial multisport competition with enthusiasm.
“We must not look at the SEA Games as the lowest form of international competition,” said POC first vice president Joey Romasanta. “It’s time to take these Games seriously because that’s what the others are doing.”
THE PHILIPPINE Sports Commission is leaving no stone unturned in bringing the 30th Southeast Asian Games to Davao City in 2019.
PSC Chair William Ramirez said he will make sure the facilities and requirements are 100 percent ready for the 11-nation meet.
Officials would reassess the hosting capacity of the possible venues in the bailiwick of President Duterte. Among these are the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City and SM Lanang in Davao City, along with the sports complex in UP Mindanao and University of Mindanao, which are both under construction.
HOSTING the 2019 Southeast Asian Games can prove beneficial to Mindanao.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. said its positive impact can be felt throughout the region as top sports officials aim to bring the Games featuring the best athletes from 11 countries to Davao City.
“It will be such a big help for Mindanao,” said Cojuangco. “You saw in the Palarong Pambansa that this is an area where people also love sports.”
How Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez took to the proposal to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games so gleefully is a mystery. The Philippines’ turn for hosting is in 2021, but Brunei opted out of the 2019 schedule and the Philippine Olympic Committee, without consultation and evaluation, offered to take over. The POC has now asked the government to guarantee it by agreeing to back it up financially.
I would think that Ramirez would’ve turned this proposal on its head many times before putting it on President Rodrigo Duterte’s table.
The plan, I think, is crazy. Let me count the ways.
A BALANCED list of 38 sports featuring 405 events will be played in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur next year.
Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta said the roster of events was finalized in the recent SEA Games Federation meeting in KL where four sports—triathlon, judo, muay and fencing—were added from the previous lineup.
Triathletes Nikko Huelgas and Claire Adorna snatched gold medals during the 2015 Singapore Games while Filipino muay fighters never fail to medal in past editions of the
The Philippines is ready to guarantee the hosting of the Southeast Asian Games in 2019 with Davao City being eyed as the hub of the Games.
Philippine Sports Commission chair William Ramirez Monday requested a letter of guarantee from the Office of the President as a form of assurance to the SEAG Federation that the country would not backtrack on its commitment.
Top Philippine Olympic Committee officials led by POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., 1st vice president Joey Romasanta and secretary-general Steve Hontiveros are scheduled to leave for Kuala Lumpur Tuesday and hand over the letter of guarantee when they hold a series of meetings with the SEAG Federation.
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.