POC to appeal re-inclusion of sports where PH has strong medal chances in 2017 SEA Games
POC treasurer Julian Camacho has asked all NSAs to send out a list of events that should be in 2017 SEA Games. Jerome Ascano

THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will make an appeal for inclusion of additional events, including some of the sports the Philippines are gold-medal contenders but excluded in the initial approved list for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

POC treasurer Julian Camacho said the national Olympic body has issued an advisory to all national sports associations (NSA) to send out a list of events they believe should be included next year’s biennial meet.

Camacho recently attended the SEA Games Federation Council meeting in Malaysia where 342 events in 34 sports made it to the initial list approved. He is a member of the sports and rules committee of the Council.

Camacho said NSAs have until the end of March to submit their formal appeal which will be presented to the SEA Games Federation Council.

“If they want to appeal for additional events, they can do it before the end of March. If possible, we also encourage them to write to their international federations to push for the events na hindi na kasama,” said Camacho in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.

The host country has the prerogative to include sports and events in the calendar. Malaysian organizers, however, excluded some sports and events that the Philippines are perennial gold-medal contenders. Among the events that were not included in the initial list are women’s events from boxing, billiards and snooker, and weightlifting.

Camacho himself will appeal for additional events in wushu, which initially approved 17 events but none from the combat events of sanda.

“I already made an appeal during the meeting,” said Camacho.

The 34 sports are athletics, aquatics, archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, equestrian, football and futsal, golf, gymnastics, hockey, ice hockey, ice skating, karate, lawn bowls, netball, pencak silat, petanque, rugby 7s, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, snooker and billiards, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball (indoor), water ski, weightlifting, and wushu.

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