THE country stands to send a token delegation to the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games following the scrapping of events where the country won gold medals during its last staging two years ago.
Sports commissioner Salvador Andrada said not unless organizers will reorganize the calendar of events for this year’s biennial meet, the chance of the country forming a small contingent is likely possible.
“If you ask me, dapat token delegation,” said Andrada, the former long-time Philippine Lawn Tennis association president.
“But that’s my own opinion. POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) ang magde-determine kung token delegation. Kami (Philippine Sports Commission), what the POC wants, we follow.”
As it is, a four-man POC delegation is attending the SEA Games Federation Council meeting in Myanmar where it will lobby for the inclusion of more Olympic events in the meet’s calendar of events.
Twenty events out of the 36 gold medals the country won in Indonesia has not been included in the list of sports so far approved by the organizers.
In the event nothing happens to the expected lobbying of the POC and other competing countries, Andrada believes that should be the time to send only athletes who have a strong chance of winning gold medals in the regional meet.
Among the Olympic sports curiously absent in this year’s SEA Games include badminton, table tennis, and lawn tennis.
As host, Myanmar approved the inclusion of non-traditional sports such as chinlone, vovinam, and kempo – events where it stands to win gold medals.
“Siguro, baka `yung mga Olympic sports within the priority sports, maybe we will select from those athletes,” said Andrada.