MANILA – The coach of the Philippine women's football team on Monday bared the poor quality of their accommodations ahead of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Let Dimzon was joined by coaches from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar in a press conference ahead of the start of the women's football competition on Tuesday.
A member of the Philippine women's team, Hali Long, already revealed on Facebook that their hotel was not ready to accommodate them upon their arrival yesterday.
"Sad that we’re the host team and this is how we’re being treated. I can’t imagine how other countries must feel," Long said. She posted photos of the team cramped in a hotel function room while they were waiting for their rooms to be ready.
Those issues were just the tip of the iceberg, as Dimzon revealed that the quality of the food and water they received is lacking.
"I'm not sure kung paano ang arrangement ng PHISGOC, but the quality and quantity of food is not enough," said Dimzon. "Sa variety din, like for this morning, hindi enough 'yung rice and kikiam and egg. Walang nutrients."
"Supposedly, this is an international competition, it should be international course. Pero I think, baka 'yung budget na binibigay ng PHISGOC is not enough to cover 'yung ganoong klase ng food," she added.
Dimzon said the experience was embarrassing, as they were not treated like this when they traveled abroad for their own tournaments.
"Tayo ang host country, medyo disorganized," she said. "It feels bad for us."
The coach of Malaysia, Joceph Jacob, backed up Dimzon's concerns.
"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," he said.
Meanwhile, Vietnam's Mai Duc Chung was worried about the traffic jam that they had to go through just to get to the game venue in Binan.
"I hope that we have police escorts and don't have to wait for the bus to arrive. I request to bring more food and escort. We wait for more than one hour for training," he said.
The women's football tournament starts on Tuesday, with the Philippines taking on Myanmar at 4:00 p.m., and Vietnam facing off against Thailand at 8:00 p.m.
- Report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News
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