HANOI — Midway by the thirty first Vietnam Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games, nationwide workforce chef de mission Ramon Fernandez was guardedly optimistic that if the development continues, the county would hit its purpose of ending third general within the medal standings.
“We’re midway by the Video games, and we’re within the prime three of the medal standings, thank God. We’re nicely inside our goal of ending at the very least third general. We simply have to take care of our efficiency till the top,” Fer-nandez famous on Tuesday.
Regardless of restricted sources and coaching that was hampered by the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic again residence, the Filipino campaigners had been placing up a gallant stand, delivering their largest haul to this point the opposite day of 10 gold medals.
They had been within the third spot with a tally of 30 golds, 34 silvers, and 50 bronzes as of Monday night time, inside putting distance of No. 2 Thailand (34-35-50), whereas host Vietnam continued to be out of attain on the prime (83-50-55).
Dancesports and gymnastics accounted for greater than half of the outputs on Monday with 4 and three mints, respectively, with the pair of Jean Mischa Aranar and Ana Nualla, finishing a golden treble in tango, Viennese waltz, and all remaining dance requirements on the Lengthy Bien Gymnasium.
World champion Carlos Edriel Yulo, however, emerged because the nation’s prime particular person athlete in including the lads’s vault and excessive bar mints to his bulging assortment plus a silver in parallel bars on the Quan Ngua Sports activities Palace.
Amongst those that shared the highlight had been swimmer Chloe Isleta and bowler Merwin Tan, who produced the primary golds for his or her respective disciplines within the 200-meter ladies’s backstroke and males’s singles occasions, respectively.
“We nonetheless have a number of sports activities the place our athletes can win medals, and hopefully they’ll ship,” mentioned Mr. Fernandez, who can also be a commissioner of the Philippine Sports activities Fee and has been within the Vietnamese capital since Could 1 to supervise the wants of the Philippine delegation.
Nonetheless within the medal hunt had been the Philippine standard-bearers in athletics, archery, boxing, basketball, bowling, billiards, weightlifting, starring Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, karatedo, taekwondo, wrestling, ca-noe-kayak, taking pictures, sepak takraw, muay thai and garden tennis, in accordance with the Crew Philippines level man.
PSC ASSESSING PERFORMANCE
The Philippine Sports activities Fee is trying intently on the efficiency of nationwide athletes within the thirty first Vietnam Southeast Asian Video games to determine what sports activities will benefit its continued help shifting ahead, in accordance with na-tional workforce chef de mission Ramon Fernandez.
“We’re intently evaluating the efficiency of our nationwide athletes within the Vietnam SEA Video games to find out what sports activities will proceed to deserve our continued help,” mentioned Mr. Fernandez on Tuesday on the midway level of the regional sportsfest.
“For the reason that COVID-19 pandemic struck, the federal government sports activities company has been dealing with scarce sources, so it is just becoming that they’re used correctly for the Nationwide Sports activities Associations (NSAs) and their respective athletes,” the PSC commissioner identified.
Beneath the regulation creating the federal government sports activities company, the PSC is basically depending on the month-to-month remittances of the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp., which have been fluctuating because the pandemic struck the county in mid-March 2020.
“We’re nonetheless underneath the pandemic so PAGCOR remittances to the PSC haven’t reached the earlier peak ranges we used to have earlier than this virus disaster,” Mr. Fernandez mentioned. “Nonetheless, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez and the remainder of the PSC board have made it a degree that wants of the NSAs and their athletes have been met, together with worldwide publicity, underneath the circumstances,” he added.
“Because of this we now have to look intently and consider the efficiency of our nationwide athletes right here so the board can act and finances accordingly based mostly on our evaluation,” Mr. Fernandez pressured.
For the nation’s participation within the regional sportsfest right here, he mentioned, the PSC spent P232 million in supporting the 980-strong Philippine contingent, together with 641 athletes and 210 coaches in 38 sports activities.
The finances covers airfare, uniforms, gear, resort, and billeting plus allowances for the nationwide workforce, amongst others.