AS FAR as the Philippine Olympic Committee is concerned, host Myanmar is a threat to the Philippines in the coming 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
The Philippines finished sixth place in last year’s SEA Games in Indonesia with a total of 36 gold medals, with Myanmar far behind with an output of 16.
But according to initial reports reaching the POC, Myanmar, which will host the SEA Games next year, intends to collect as many gold medals as possible either by holding more events where they are strong and scrapping events where they have no chances of winning medals.
In the POC’s weekly radio program on DZSR-AM, sport and rules committee member Jeff Tamayo pointed out as an example developments in swimming where he learned that several long-distance events where the Philippines is traditionally strong could be scrapped in next year’s SEA Games.
“Kailangan talaga puntahan ngayon to make sure na hindi tayo madedehado dahil kapag maraming matatanggal, mas lumalapit ang Myanmar na ma-dislodge tayo,” said Tamayo before leaving for Myanmar to attend the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council Meeting.
It is in that meeting where lobbying of events is expected to occur. Initially, 30 sports are scheduled to be played in next year’s SEA Games, according to a report reaching the POC.