PHILIPPINE Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia said he will not be surprised if the Philippines ends up with its worst Southeast Asian Games finish ever in Myanmar.
The head of the government sports agency bared to Spin.ph that he foresees a sixth or seventh place finish for the Filipinos in the biennial competition which the country ruled as host in 2005.
The Philippines has not finished lower than sixth in the Games.
“I think we will be sixth or seventh, because the format is such that maraming medalyang dinagdag sa mga sports na hindi tayo naglalaro … so wala tayong medalya dun,” said Garcia.
The soft-spoken Bacolodnon official said Myanmar is deadbent on finishing in the top three, the reason the hosts loaded the calendar of events with sports like Kenpo, Vovinam, Chinlone and field hockey.
“Wala na tayong tsansa ng medal dun. Tapos nawala pa yung mga gold medal-rich events natin. So that’s the way I look at it (Philippine finish) … sixth or seventh,” added the PSC chairman.
Still, Garcia warned that athletes who will not perform well over the next fortnight will be in danger of being bumped off from the priority list of the government agency.
“Pag hindi sila nag perform tapos nasa priority list sila, pwede namin i-recommend, through the POC, na maalis sila dun. O pwedeng mawala pa sila sa national pool,” said Garcia.
The first batch of the Philippine delegation left on Tuesday for Naypayitaw and Yangoon, which will host the Games from December 11 to 22.