Strict guidelines set for SEAG hopefuls
By: Julius Manicad(The DAily Tribune)

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) wants a strict screening of athletes headed for the 27th Southeast Asian Games.

PSC chairman Ritchie Garcia said national sports association (NSA) officials should sit down with SEA Games chief of mission Jeff Tamayo next week to justify tslots and formally identify their respective bets in the biennial meet in Naypyidaw, Myanmar this December.

Garcia said NSAs should defend the inclusion of their athletes before the SEA Games task force gives them the green light. Countries like Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia are sending their cream of the crop, putting the Philippines in a tough position to finish in the top half of the 11-member countries.

“We will start calling NSAs to justify the numbers that they submitted,” Garcia yesterday said. “They have to defend their requested slots. NSA leaders should also justify the inclusion of their players before the SEA Games (task force) before we send them.”

Among NSAs that are expected to join, only football has yet to submit its entry by number. Dragonboat will be the biggest delegation with more than 30 athletes while basketball was given 16 slots.

The Philippine Olympic Committee is looking to send a token delegation, or a team of less than a hundred athletes, to the SEA Games. But it made clear that its initial entry by number will be more than 260 athletes to maximize the allotted slots.

The SEA Games task force will be sending its entry by number to the organizers today.