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.
SINGAPORE—The next host of the Southeast Asian Games is deadset on achieving two milestones in the biggest gathering of athletes in the region.
Zolkples Embong, chief executive officer of Malaysia’s 2017 SEA Games organizing committee, announced that winter sports such as ice hockey and ice skating would make their debut in the tropical climate of the 11-nation meet.
He also revealed that the 29th edition of these Games would be staged in two locations—Kuala Lumpur and Borneo—across an immense stretch of sea 3,645.2 kilometers apart.
SINGAPORE — Top sports officials lauded the 466-strong PH delegation who fought and won 29 golds medal here at the close of the Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.
They said it was a marked improvement from the 2013 performance in Burma where the country wound up with the same number of mints although it fielded half as many athletes.
Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia said this time the country sent men’s and women’s teams in softball, water polo and volleyball among other team sports which accounted to more than hundred athletes.
SINGAPORE — “I saw that he lost fire in his eyes.”
Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Morrison took that as a cue to go for the kill — or gold for that matter — against his Vietnamese opponent late Sunday in the action-packed taekwondo competitions.
“I was very pumped up when I came to the finals but I saw his face and there was no fire in it,” said Morrison, a son of a retired American marine serviceman now based in Maryland. “My goal then is that by the second round, it should be over.”
SINGAPORE — Thailand sports officials, led by the country’s deputy prime minister, are lobbying hard to be the host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games that Brunei gave up.
This was revealed Monday by Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Steve Hontiveros who said the Filipino officials stood their ground despite the expression of interest by Thai top brass Gen. Yuthasak Sasiprapha, who is also the country’s national Olympic committee chief.
“They really wanted it, but I told Cong (POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr.) that it’s already ours.”
SINGAPORE — Pauline Lopez and her father Jun have a unique ritual every time she’s in competition: They don’t contact each other until it was over.
“That’s how we are me and my dad, they (family) have never seen me fight internationally. No contact until after the fight,” said the pretty, pleasant head-turner who claimed the women’s 57kg gold in taekwondo Sunday night.
“We have been doing it and it worked well,” said Lopez whose dad is former PH jin back in the 80s. “I know very well that the support and love is there.”
SINGAPORE—Ronald Oranza had the gold medal in sight Sunday until the Malaysians came along and seized it.
Sprinting ahead of the pack in the final kilometer, Oranza had nothing more to give when the speeding pack overtook him at the final turn and left him empty-handed in the men’s road race of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
Oranza, a consistent podium finisher in the professional Ronda Pilipinas bikathon back home, wound up 18th overall with a similar clocking as the champion, Malaysia’s Mohd Harrif Saleh.