A REPEAT of the country’s sixth-place finish in the last Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia is definitely unacceptable.
That’s the very reason why at this early, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), according to chairman Tom Carrasco, is buckling down to work in order to improve on that lowly finish in Myanmar later this year.
“We’re not promising the moon like we would be eyeing the overall championship, but, certainly we will do everything we are capable of doing to escape that deplorable finish,” said Carrasco, representing newly-elected POC president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco in Friday’s session of the SCOOP sa Kamayan.
“We would be happy enough if we end up a decent fifth or fourth,” Carrasco added. “Kung puwede pang mag-third, mas maganda at hindi na tayo mapapahiya sa ating mga kababayan. Huwag namang sixth or, worse, seventh, for that matter. That’s already unforgivable.”
Reminded that Myanmar will definitely do anything in its capacity as this year’s host of the SEA Games’ 26th edition to improve on its seventh place standing in 2011, Carrasco retorted, “No, I don’t think Myanmar can overtake us. Malayo ang agwat natin eh.”
For starters, Carrasco disclosed the POC had just completed a one-day strategic planning session that mapped out the body’s objectives for the next four years culminating in the 2016 Olympic Games.
“There’s no definite action yet. What we had done actually is to lay down what are the international commitments on hand this year, which are the Asian Youth Games, the World Youth Games, the Centennial Games, and the SEA Games and accept suggestions from members on what to do about them,” said the president of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP).