THE Philippine Olympic Committee said it has been given by Olympic Council of Asia the green light to write a proposal to the Southeast Asian Games Federation to improve the officiating in the biennial meet.
OCA president Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait is in Manila for a vacation, but the POC took advantage of his presence to discuss several issues in sports.
POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco did not provide details about the planned proposal, but said it would include measures to prevent match officials from being biased towards the host country.
“Sabi niya, come up with a proposal and then present it to the Southeast Asian Games Federation meeting,” said Cojuangco on Sunday.
“That’s our biggest concern,” the POC president added.
Cojuangco said Al-Sabah suggested that the POC come up with a formal proposal on how to curtail biased officiating and submit it not only to the SEA Games Federation Council but also to the International Olympic Committee since the Philippines has an IOC representative in Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.
“We will prepare something concrete so that we will be able to get some results,” said Cojuangco. “Wala pa naman tayong pine-presenta na maliwanag.”
The 28th SEA Games is set this year in Singapore.
Two years ago, the Philippines placed only seventh in the SEA Games, winning 29 gold medals. Host country Myanmar finished second with 86 golds.
Cojuangco said the Philippines is not the only country that has been complaining about bias officiating, mentioning Thailand as also being outspoken about officiating during the SEA Games in 2013.
“At least, hindi lang tayo ang umiiyak ngayon over officiating. Marami na rin, pati noong nakaraang Asian Games,” said Cojuangco.
The POC president is also grateful to Al-Sabah for choosing the Philippines as his destination to take time out from his busy schedule. Al-Sabah last visited the Philippines during the Asian Games Centennial Celebration last year.
“Inabisuhan niya talaga ang POC kung kalian siya darating and we are happy that he visited the country again,” said Cojuangco.