THE exploits of Team Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games will not be seen by the 94 million Filipinos as no local broadcast network will show the biennial multisport event straight from Mynamar.
“Walang naglakas ng loob,” said chief of mission Jeff Tamayo, when asked by Spin.ph whether the 27th edition of the SEA Games will be shown on Philippine television.
The absence of a TV coverage means Filipinos are going to miss seeing the exploits of Team Philippines during the biennial meet, including the popular men’s basketball team backstopped by members of the Gilas cadet pool and a number of collegiate star players.
The Filipino athletes’ campaign, however, will be covered by radio through DZSR Sports Radio 918 AM, according to Tamayo.
Two years ago, at least two local networks in ABS-CBN and Sports5 aired the SEA Games straight from Jakarta, Indonesia when the PH delegation had the PH U-23 men’s football team and the return of men’s basketball after the event was scratched during the 2009 edition in the absence of a playing venue in Laos.
However, the U-23 Azkals team was not given the green right by local sports officials to compete in Myanmar.
Tamayo though refused to single out the absence of the football team as one of the main reasons why not a single local television network is covering the event, stressing the SEA Games as a whole has been struggling to sell the broadcast rights to other countries as well.
“Even in other Southeast Asian countries, hindi na ma-ibenta ang SEA Games,” Tamayo said.
The chef de mission added the SEA Games brand is facing several issues which need to be resolved in the near future.
“Kailangan ng re-branding, which is a major issue the federation will be facing next year," Tamayo said.