Singapore backs PH’s SEAG stand
Making a strong pitch for intitutional changes in the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines has found a solid ally in Singapore.
Philippine chief of mission Jeff Tamayo yesterday said Singapore has proposed a special gathering among representatives of the Games’ 11 member countries that would tackle the disputed practice of inserting indigenous sports to favor the host country.
Myanmar, this year’s Games host, included 60 events from sports unknown to Filipino athletes in hopes of landing more medals.
Tamayo said the Singapore Olympic Committee, through its secretary general Chris Chan, supported the Philippines’ opposition to the continuation of the practice and called the attention of the SEA Games Federation to tackle the issue prior to Singapore’s hosting in 2015.
“They (Singapore sports officials) are going through the same experience that we’re going through and this is not healthy for the (SEA Games) organization,” said Tamayo, the second vice president of the Philippine Olympic Committee and soft tennis chief.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
- Southeast Asian Games
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94