sports events in SEA games
By: Nick Giongco
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is pushing the Philippine Olympic Committee to take a leading role in persuading members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation to have a permanent set of sports events that will be played in its biennial meet regardless of who is hosting the event.
“I have proposed to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco that we hold a discussion so we can amend the bylaws and rules and regulations,” said PSC chairman Richie Garcia yesterday.
Garcia said there should be sports that “should not be changed and (non-Olympic) sports like wushu that should also be included (always).”
Garcia hopes the POC can convince other federation members to approve the amendments and hopefully implemented in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
Garcia has been very vocal about the matter since host Myanmar introduced a number of its indigenous sports as part of its hosting of the Games in December.
He said the Philippines has been the country most affected among all the members since many of the sports deleted by the host to accommodate its own list are events Filipinos have strong chances of winning gold medals.
“Of all the SEAG-member nations, tayo ang pinaka-apektado,” said Garcia, noting that softball, baseball and tennis were among those scratched from competition in favor of Myanmar’s indigenous sports.
He had repeatedly said that Myanmar is doing everything to improve its standing in the SEA Games where mostly it shares the cellar with Brunei in the past.
As part of his protest, Garcia said he and his commissioners do not plan to attend the SEA Games in Myanmar which will mark the first time that PSC officials are not represented in the delegation.
“If the POC cannot show a form of protest, the PSC will,” said Garcia.
POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. said he plans to bring up the matter when members of the SEAG federation will come to visit to attend the 100 years of the Olympic Games celebration in Boracay in November.