Equipment for SEAG will be delivered on time – Ramirez

 The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is working hard to make sure that all sports equipment needed for the country's hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games would be delivered on time.

PSC chairman William "Butch" Ramirez yesterday said the task force composed of representatives from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and the PSC are deep in consultation with various national sports associations (NSAs) to fast track the procurement process.

In fact, the committee sat down with NSA officials from billiards, ice skating, dancesport, shooting and windsurfing last Wednesday to discuss the procurement of their sport equipment, including the suppliers, specification and compliance with their respective international federations.

So far, only 11 out of the 57 participating NSAs have their respective equipment delivered.

The rest are still in the process of consultation with barely two months before the opening of the Games. Still, Ramirez assured that everything would be delivered on time.

"We're looking at having everything delivered in our warehouse by November 15," said Ramirez, who is also the chief of mission of Team Philippines.

"The cooperation among the PSC, POC and PHISGOC is very solid and they are doing a good job screening all the equipment requirements and other requests of the NSAs. The SEA Games task force had gone full blast. We expect everything to be done by next week."

Among the equipment that need to be purchased, that of shooting, rowing, athletics, weightlifting, wrestling and gymnastics are the most expensive.

Composed mainly of guns and ammunition and construction of competition and practice ranges in Subic and at the Philippine Marines headquarters in Taguig, shooting's equipment cost P73.9 million while rowing's equipment are pegged at P58.5 million, athletics at P43.1 million, weightlifting at P35 million, wrestling at P33.3 million, and gymnastics at P33.1 million.

Among the most affordable, surfing tops the list at P549,000, squash at P535,000, netball at P1 million, taekwondo at P2.2 million, chess at P2.3 million, jiu-jitsu at P2.3 million and triathlon at P3.9 million.




Date: October 5, 2019 | Newspaper: Tempo | Source: