THE Philippine Olympic Committee got a much-needed backing from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in as far as its criticism of the conduct of the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games in concerned.
POC first vice president Joey Romasanta said the OCA will be assessing how the SEA Games was held in Myanmar, particularly the inclusion of several non-traditional sports and the scrapping of a few Olympic sports.
“OCA will assess the conduct of the SEA Games particularly in the cultural and traditional sports are concerned,” Romasanta said.
The POC spearheaded the move as it cried foul on the organizers' decision to include several cultural sports while scrapping Olympic sports such as tennis and gymnastics.
Romasanta said the concerns, through the initiative of OCA, will be discussed in the SEA Games Federation Council in April next year.
“All the NSAs (national sports associations) that participated will have to make their individual report to OCA on what they feel should be suggested for the SEA Games Council. All of this reforms and recommendations will be taken up,” Romasanta said.
Myanmar took third place in the overall medal tally, a huge jump from its seventh-place showing in 2011.
The Myanmar SEA Games organizers had been criticized for including little-known sports like chinlone and decreasing several other events, a move perceived to be advantageous to the host country.
“There has to be a balance between Olympic sports. Cultural sports should be included in such a way that it won’t be advantageous to the host country,” said Romasanta.