Myanmar SEAG bid doomed, says Garcia


Forget about the Philippines improving on its worst ever sixth place in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games.

Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia yesterday said Myanmar, host of the 2013 edition in December, has inserted 68 events totally unfamiliar to Filipino athletes in a bid to move up high in the overall race after placing seventh two years ago with only 16 gold medals.

Myanmar has lined up 33 sports and 460 events, including non-traditional disciplines such as kenpo, chilone and vovinam. The host also excluded baseball, softball and tennis while loading up traditional boat race, where Myanmar won 11 gold medals in Indonesia, with 16 events.

“With this kind of system, it’s impossible for us to improve our sixth place (36 gold medals) last time,” said Garcia. “I suggest that we just send athletes from priority sports or Olympic sports.”

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  • elmersvd

    The SEA Games has become a farce or a “feel-good” games. It will always the chance of the host country to include sports that will enhance its chances of gaining more gold medals so that its citizens would feel good and feel that their country is excelling in sports by the number of gold medals it wins without realising the quality of those gold medals. If we really want to have a level playing field, the SEA Games must only count in it’s official medal tally sports that are played in the Olympics and those games that are not played in the Olympics should have another medal tally of its own. Otherwise, the SEA Games will lose its credibility, if it hasn’t lost enough. 

  • neilabarca

    Kung mananatiling 6th place ang Pilipinas sa SEA GAMES (ASEAN),  kahit ano pa ang maging palusot ng Phil Sport Commission (PSC), sa paningin ng mundo,  “TAYO PA RIN ang SICK MAN of ASIA.”    

    Mukhang hindi na babalik ang golden years ng Phil Sport (50s-60s-70s) ,  kung saan,  ang JAPAN at Korea sa ASIA ang karaniwang ka-level natin at nangingibabaw tayo sa ASEAN countries sa sports competition.

    Sana INANTICIPATE na ng mga opisyal (PSC) na ito ang MYANMAR exclusion scenario ng ilang sports competition….6th place…kalevel natin COMBODIA at EAST TIMOR…nakakapanglupaypay..

  • christian don

    correct, we should only sent athletes to participate on olympics sports discipline para naman masanay na cla. kesa naman our goal is to improve on medal standing na bokya naman pagdating sa international sporting events…

  • monses

    Our sports officials gives more importance to this SEAGames.Send only new and young athletes to this competition,and then let our prime athletes to train and compete in Europe or US to prepare them for big events like Asian games and Olympics.We should focus our attention to bigger games to make our athletes at par with world class athletes.

  • Missosology

    Pag tayo ang mag host isama nyo na ang sungka, patintero, luksong tinik, at ang paborito ko syato

    • Nathan Espino

      Chinese Jackstone, Agawan Buko, Agawan Biik (ay wait, dq ang Islamic athletes doon… then again…)

    • M A

      sama mo na rin tumbang preso saka tanching

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