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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Lean Team PH got it done – Gomez (December 25, 2013)
Olmin Leyba [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Sea Games

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Sports Commission officials are in the same page with Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. in so far as outlook on Team Phl’s campaign in the recent 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

Commissioner Jolly Gomez, the government sports body’s representative during the 11-day campaign, expressed satisfaction with the Pinoy bets’ 29-gold, 34-silver, 38-bronze medal output and seventh place standing.

A day after Cojuangco declared that the athletes “did well” despite what some quarters perceived as a woeful performance, Gomez pointed to the medal-to-delegation ratio of the “lean” 210-member delegation, especially given the circumstances in Myanmar.

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Amit pockets P.15M in SEAG bonus (December 24, 2013)
Olmin Leyba [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Rubilen Amit      JOEY MENDOZA

MANILA, Philippines - Reigning world billiards champion Rubilen Amit emerged as the top earner among the medalists in the last Southeast Asian Games.

Amit is entitled to a total of P150,000 for copping a gold medal in women’s 10-ball and a silver in 9-ball play in the SEAG, leading over 100 achievers who stand to receive P7.695 million in total incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission.

Under the incentives scheme of Republic Act 9064, a champion in the SEAG is rewarded with P100,000, a silver medalist with P50,000 and a bronze earner with P10,000 while a coach of a winning athlete gets a bonus that’s equivalent to half of their ward’s take.

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Myanmar bids goodbye; Singapore says ‘welcome’ (December 24, 2013)
Gerry Carpio [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Dancers from a traditional Myanmar troupe perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games at the main stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Sunday. AP

NAY PYI TAW – In a night of songs, dances and revelry, a nation which ended 50 years of military oppression and opened itself to the outside world, bade goodbye to new friends from 10 countries in another colorful ending of the Southeast Asian Games, a celebration of the triumph of man and the unity and brotherhood of nations, at the Wunnum Theidki National Sports Complex Sunday night.

Burmese natives, dressed in the colorful costumes of 135 tribal ancestors, performed centuries-old dances to the rhythm of native instruments, and international musical artists regaled athletes and officials from 11 countries gathered for a last time after 12 days of competition in a grand three-hour farewell party.

Fireworks cracked and exploded into the skies above the open stadium and pyrotechnics bathed the vast oval in a flood of dancing lights as fierce rivals met under their own sports, hugged each other, signed autographs and exchanged gifts and uniforms during the party, which lasted into the night until the SEAG flag was turned over to next host Singapore.

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