PHILIPPINE Sports Commission chairman Ritchie Garcia has urged national sports associations not to let up on the training of athletes even though some events won't be staged in this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
Garcia urged national athletes not to be demoralized by the current situation in the SEA Games where several sports, including those where the Philippines is traditionally strong, are not part of the roster of events.
Garcia said that there are other events like the Asian Youth Games and the Asian Martial Arts Games to look forward to this year.
“Walang magbabago sa programa,” Garcia said on Monday. “Ang programa natin, continuous with or without the Southeast Asian Games dahil may sasalihan pa tayong mga iba.”
Four hundred and sixty events from 33 sports are included in this year’s SEA Games but only 20 of the 36 events where the Philippines won gold medals two years ago in Indonesia are set to return.
Mainstream sports like tennis and other Olympic events are not part of the Myanmar calendar.
Garcia also said the SEA Games preparation will go on as planned.
“Let’s just do everything like normal na may task force, organizing of personalities, and criteria. And then, if the POC decides kung token or full (delegation and ipapadala), we will be ready,” Garcia said.