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Garcia eyes 4th place finish in 2015 SEAG (October 08, 2014)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sea Games

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.

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SEA Games women’s football gets boot in 2015 (May 02, 2014)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sea Games

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.

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Floorball to debut in 2015 SEA Games, karate out (April 30, 2014)
Agence France-Presse [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sea Games

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.

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POC likes PH chances in 2015 SEAG (February 24, 2014)
Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Sea Games

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.

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Boxing back in Singapore SEA Games (February 22, 2014)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

Sea Games

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.

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 After clinching the bronze medal last month, the Singapore team have outlined their game plan to win the nation’s first SEA Games basketball gold in 2015. Today file photo

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.

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Poor SEA Games finish reflects PH’s meager sports budget (January 01, 2014)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sea Games

MANILA, Philippines — Thailand had a “war chest” equivalent to P13 billion, tiny Singapore worked on a P6.5-billion budget and both Indonesia and Malaysia set aside at least P4 billion each for sports last year.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why these countries performed a lot better than the Philippines at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Burma (Myanmar), according to the chair of the Philippine Sports Commission.

In contrast, the Philippines spent about P750 million last year for sports.

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