THE PHILIPPINES is already shedding the Southeast Asian Video games battle even when the biennial occasion scheduled Might 5 to 17 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this yr hasn’t even began.
Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino yesterday mentioned bodybuilding has been dropped from the Phnom Penh Video games calendar whereas muay thai has been merged with Kun Khmer, a Cambodian nationwide martial arts occasion.
The nation has an opportunity to strike gold in each occasions particularly with the latter the place the Filipinos have constantly struck gold — three in 2019 in Subic and two final yr in Hanoi.
The nation, nevertheless, may very well be in peril of not sending its nationwide muay workforce due to the Worldwide Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) warning late final yr that it’ll cease groups from becoming a member of the biennial occasion since Cambodian organizers are utilizing a special governing physique not acknowledged by each the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council Asia (OCA) because of the merger.
“Bodybuildiung has been dropped. Muay, anybody can be part of, legit or not, so long as it’s endorsed by the NOC (POC),” the Tagaytay Metropolis mayor yesterday informed The STAR. “Dapat nationwide workforce.”
That isn’t counting Cambodia’s earlier resolution capping participation by visiting international locations in martial arts and different sports activities.
One instance is karate the place solely a most of 10 of the 15 occasions could be participated on by all nations besides the host, who can be part of all.
In canoe-kayak and esports, solely seven can play out of the ten occasions besides the host.
However Mr. Tolentino continues to be clinging to hope that the Filipinos might replicate, if not eclipse, their fourth-place effort in final yr’s Hanoi Video games the place they raked in 52 gold, 70 silver and 105 bronze medals.
“Based mostly on their formulation, di kayang mag-first ng Cambodia pero sasaksak sa itaas whether or not second, third, fourth,” he mentioned. “Battle for fourth, pero tingnan natin with the guarantees of different sports activities.”
(Cambodia can’t be first however they may combat for the highest 4, will see.) — Joey Villar