Garcia: 100-plus PH team to carry fight

Garcia: 100-plus PH team to carry fight

By Peter Atencio (Manila Standard Today)

A contingent of more than a hundred athletes should be enough to comprise the national delegation to the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo “Richie” Garcia said this after attending Wednesday’s Philippine Olympic Committee General Assembly.

Garcia explained that with the limited number of sports disciplines, which Filipino athletes can join, the delegation should be made of up of those who are sure medal winners.

“We have to make a clear stand of protest because of what is happening,” stated Garcia.

Many NSA leaders expressed their dismay at the way events have been calendared in the games during the gathering at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong.

Garcia cited National Chess Federation of the Philippines head Prospero Pichay, who was among those who were vocal when he questioned why the standard events of chess are missing in the calendar.

With the Philippines’ participation limited only to the blitz and rapid events, Pichay felt that the NCFP will no longer be able to send woodpushers to the games.

During the SEA Games Federation Council meeting last week, up to 460 events have been calendared in 33 sports.

Member countries, including the Philippines, have raised howls of protests when the organizers scrapped Olympic sports such as beach volleyball, lawn tennis and gymnastics in favor of non-popular indigenous sports.

Myanmar organizers included combat sports like vovinam with 18 golds; kempo, also with 18 golds; and chinlone (cane ball) with eight. The hosts are expected to dominate these events.