POC task force names 600 athletes for 2017 SEA Games, but PSC vows to trim down list
“We are emphasizing that only those athletes who are capable of winning [in the SEA Games], and if not, other considerations should be seriously looked into,” says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez. Jerome Ascano

THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is sending a list of more than 600 athletes to the Southeast Asian Organizing Committee on Friday, a number the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) looks to trim down as it vows to send only those “capable of winning” in Malaysia.

“We are emphasizing that only those athletes who are capable of winning [in the SEA Games], and if not, other considerations should be seriously looked into,” PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, also a member of the Philippines’ SEAG Task Force, said during a press briefing on Thursday.

The list on the "entry by number" will be trimmed down during evaluation in the months before the multi-sports event set in August.

The joint task force has already laid the ground for the Philippine team to the 2017 SEA Games by setting up the criteria of selection of athletes for inclusion in the biennial meet in a two-day meeting that ended on Thursday.

Among the criteria are the performance of the athlete in the 2015 SEA Games and in other international competitions like the Rio De Janeiro Olympics, world championships, the 2014 Asian Games and Asian level meets.

Philippine Judo Federation president Dave Carter, a member of the Task Force, also said the total is not yet final.

“We must remember that the initial number of 600 is entry by number lang,” Carter said. “We don’t intend to send that many. ‘Yan po ay parang warning lang sa host country na we might be able to send 600 athletes.

“We are with you sa paniniwala na kailangang ma-trim down. Kinakailangan ’yung well-deserved lang ang ipadala,” Carter added.

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