PH under threat to lose 58 potential gold medals
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will attempt to block the recommendation of Myanmar to include four of their indigenous sports to this year’s Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).
According to POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros, host country Myanmar wants to add vovinam, tarungderajat, kempo and chin lone in the events to be contested in the 27th SEAG.
“Should we fail in our attempt to scratch these events, we will be losing at least 58 gold medals of the 444 at stake in Myanmar,” Hontiveros said in a report by Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
Hontiverso said vovinam will have 18 gold medals at stake, kempo 18. Tarung derejat has 14 and chin lsone has 8.
Five Olympic disciplines will be scrapped if the recommendation gets the approval of the SEA Games Federation Council.
The Olympic sports recommended to be scratched this year’s SEAG are water polo, badminton, gymnastics, table tennis and lawn tennis.
Hontiveros and three other POC officials will be flying to Myanmar to attend the SEA Games Federation meeting.
The Philippines finished at sixth place in the 2011 SEAG in Indonesia with 36 gold, 56 silver and 77 bronze medals.
This year’s SEAG will run from December 11-22 in Myanmar.