#SEAGamesfail trends as netizens lament SEA Games woes

Kevin Alabaso, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2019 08:53 PM | Updated as of Nov 25 2019 09:56 PM

MANILA—The hashtags #SEAGamesfail and #SEAGames2019fail trended nationwide on Monday after reports of unfinished venues and inconveniences of athletes circulated on social media.

Both hashtags were in the top trending list of the Philippines with a combination of nearly 37,000 tweets, as of posting.

Twitter user Ry Santos said people want the 30th SEA Games to succeed, but have been "disappointed to the point that all we can do is criticize."

Another user said in a tweet, "the corrupt organizers and the PH government should be the only ones [feeling guilty]" over the problems that have emerged.

Meanwhile, a user questioned the absence of "the hospitality that [Filipinos] are well-known for."

Photos of some Cambodian athletes sleeping on a hotel floor were posted on social media over the weekend.

Thai athletes and Joceph Jacob, coach of the Malaysian women's football team, complained about the food being served to them.

"Today, my breakfast, most of the players eat only bread and some egg. We have a big tournament, I hope they will improve the food," said Jacob.

Filipino athletes were not spared from inconveniences as Let Dimzon, coach of the Philippine women's football team, revealed on Monday that rice, kikiam and egg were served to them for breakfast.

"I'm not sure kung paano ang arrangement ng PHISGOC, but the quality and quantity of food is not enough...Walang nutrients," said Dimzon.

House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Allan Peter Cayetano apologized on Sunday for the "inconveniences" some of the athletes experienced after their arrival in the country.

"Sa mga foreign teams, talagang we are apologizing for the inconveniences or if I may call it inefficiencies or miscoordination," he said.

Cayetano said, however, that a great majority of those who have arrived were satisfied with the service of the organizing committee.

"Handang handa tayo na magbigay ng world class hosting, but even in world-class hostings, tao tayo. Hindi perfect. Doon sa 75 arrivals, a great majority, 95 percent ay medyo natutuwa. For $50 a day, ang gaganda ng hotel na titirahan nila," he said

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