WHILE participation in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games remains unsure, the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission SEA Games Task Force began work on Wednesday by meeting the different participating National Sports Associations (NSAs) at the Philsports complex.
Philippine Chef De Mission Jeff Tamayo met with 19 NSAs to know its respective preparations and concerns as well in its build-up for the biennial meet slated this December.
“It was a general thing dahil gusto namin malaman ‘yung baseline,” said Tamayo after the meeting. “Iba-ibang NSAs, iba-iba ‘yung mga challenges na lumabas. Nothing really heavy.”
Tamayo said concerns differed ranging from an NSA’s need to train abroad, acclimatization before the competition, to the lack of training facilities.
The soft tennis chief said they plan to hold more meetings that will also include athletes in order to better understand their needs in preparation for the SEA Games.
“We also want to hear from the athletes dahil sila mismo ‘yung sasali at kung nasaan na sila sa preparation,” said Tamayo.
The meeting came in the wake of plans by Filipino sports officials to send only a token delegation to Myanmar after the organizing committee decided to scratch several sports regularly played in the meet in favor of the non-traditional ones.