'It's terrible': Foreign press puzzled over SEA Games accreditation process

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2019 02:26 PM | Updated as of Nov 25 2019 03:10 PM

Members of local and international press gather around the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) secretariat tables as they try to look for their media IDs at the media accreditation office at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City on November 25, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Aside from athletes, members of international media also encountered accreditation issues for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Indonesian journalist Sigid Kurniawan said his colleague arrived on Sunday but has yet to collect his media ID.

Kurniawan, who has covered sports events in Malaysia and Indonesia, said he and his peers need to get their IDs as the Indonesia football team will be playing against Thailand the next day.

“Its terrible, I didn't know what I must to do, from yesterday," Indonesian journalist Sigid Kurniawan told ABS-CBN News.

“I hope the PHISGOC (Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee) is professional," he added.

As of Novermber 25, identification cards of accredited media are just placed on top of a table, not even arranged alphabetically or per country. Those looking for their IDs must search manually.

Members of local and international press gather around the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) secretariat tables as they try to look for their media IDs at the media accreditation office at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City on November 25, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The Thailand football team earlier complained of accreditation and accommodation issues, and said they were unable to practice due to the venue being too far away from their hotel.

Football teams of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste also complained of transport and hotel hitches, prompting the PHISGOC to apologize.

The 30th SEA Games will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Members of local and international press gather around the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) secretariat tables as they try to look for their media IDs at the media accreditation office at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City on November 25, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
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