PH protests lost gold at Myanmar SEA Games


Jasmine Alkhaldi RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines said Monday it had protested a decision by officials at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar to strip a Filipina swimmer of her gold medal, the latest controversy surrounding the games.

The move comes after the Philippines questioned the huge number of obscure sports at the Myanmar games which seem designed to ensure that the host countries and its allies reap the most medals.

The Philippine Olympic Committee in a statement said it had sent a letter asking that Filipina swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi be given back her gold.

Alkhaldi, 20, won the 100 meter freestyle on Thursday, but it was quickly taken back after Thailand protested, saying there had been a “false start.”

A re-swim was then ordered the following day, in which Alkhaldi came in third behind athletes from Thailand and Singapore, respectively.

A member of the Philippines’ SEA Games task force said the “re-swim” had put the Filipina at a disadvantage.

“You cannot regain that adrenaline from the first final swim. The momentum of our athletes was diminished,” said task force member Paul Ycasas.

The head of the Philippine mission to the Myanmar games Jeff Tamayo also said the order for a “re-swim” did not follow the rules set up by FINA (International Swimming Federation), the sport’s governing body.

“The settlement of Thailand’s protest by calling for a re-swim is simply out of order,” Tamayo said in a statement.

The Philippines’ head swimming coach, Carlos Brosas, also charged that Singaporeans who dominate the region’s swimming federation, had favored the “re-swim” and had already advised him that the Philippines’ protest would be unsuccessful.

“The guys that really run the show, the bigwigs so to speak, are Singaporeans,” Brosas said in a statement from Myanmar.

He said Friday’s “re-swim” had benefitted the Singaporeans as well which may explain why they favored it.

The Philippines lags at seventh in the medal tally at the 27th SEA Games with only 10 golds so far, said Ycasas.

The country had dispatched a contingent of only 210 to Myanmar, one of its smallest ever to the competition, due to the large number of obscure games and the removal of more popular sports.

Philippine sports officials had previously considered sending only a “token” group or even boycotting the Myanmar games entirely.


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  • noelv

    Ample preparation and good organization are important for good performance in sports. Just like in school a student will perform poorly in exams if he has not studied his lessons well. The government could have not given much attention to sports development which is very important for our performance in international sports events.

  • Yxon

    why not made the protest before the rerun? if that protest was not acted, then no need to swim on the rerun. this just show the quality of our sports officials. they had been quarreling for posts but where is the performance? we are performing as if we are just have been a nation. our athletes had been the same for decades, and are aging. we are not discovering new ones. we are just content on snatching fil-foreigners to cover up the gap. what a shame.
    on the obscure sports being included in the games, that has long been decided before the games began. and was decided while our delegates are present. why gripe for it now? where is your sportmanship? or are you really sportsmen?

  • wawa2172

    Wala nang asim ang Pinas sa sports but the our officials are sour graping dahi; kulelat tayo. Tamayo should admit the failure of the Philippine sport leadership. Sport leadership have wasted so much money in sports though we know that the government have keep the budget low. With the entry of Burma the Phillippines is almost at the tail end of the medal board which means our sport program is dying. Peping Cokuangco should resign out of delicadeza and same is true with NSC and PSC leadership brought about by the embarrassment. We need to overhaul the national sports program and di dapat lagi tayong nasa “lesson learned” situation. Yes, Peping was voted to be in his position but it was clearly a political one because he is an uncle of PNoy. Blood is thicker than water and PNoy will as usual save his uncle Peping. Ive noted that the Inquirer is not touching about the debacle in ASEAN games. Is the my favorite paper afraid of Peping? Sana huwag makain nang system ang inquirer na tinatabunan ang mga kapalpakan nang mga sport leaders.

  • mfdo

    Sour grapes ? if you can’t compete just withdraw.. heck, when PH hosted the SEA games, they included some natives games, only played within Philippines, if I recall correctly ..

    and for that matter, instead of emulating Americans and championing Basket ball etc. and such, if people took up Asian Sports, I wonder if there will be so much griping ..

    for that matter, I get the drift that the PH team is angry for loosing some athletic disciplines as well .. jeez ..

    and how will a re-swim favour anybody ? is it like the previous round, the loosers exerted less energy ??

    • bahaynapula

      yup Philippines included Arnis but with only 6 gold medals at stake (Philippine Team won 3 golds only), unlike Myanmar which excluded some olympic sports and included gold rich sports where they excel

      • mfdo

        Olympic sports ? well, what’s wrong in that then ?? LOL .. whether they excel in some Olympic sports or not .. adding Olympic Sport and whining about it is wrong .. after all, Olympic = International… we should buck up and train athletes for Olympics ..not for Americanised sports, like Basket Ball .. or Baseball ??

      • bahaynapula

        LOL, what i am saying is that Myanmar excluded Gymnastics and tennis (olympic sports) and included vovinam, chinlone, kenpo & sittuyin…hahahaha…its whining on the exclusion not the inclusion of these olympic sports…regional competitions are supposed to be training ground for these athletes to prepare for the olympics…

  • JK1000

    Papaano mananalo sa mga atleta natin kung ninanakaw ang pondo ng nasa mga sports national board.

  • NYPinoy

    Tama na yang reklamo. Back to the drawing board, minus the non-performing sports officials. Kulelat na, reklamador pa.

  • reddfrog

    Sour grapes.

  • Alala Peter

    next sea games pag tayo ang host isang sports lang basketball para 12 gold medals agad tayo

    • bahaynapula

      team sports= 1 Gold medal only

  • Alala Peter

    nganga kulelat

  • Pepe Smith

    The government’s sports program is a shame.

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