TENNIS in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games could still push through not in Myanmar but in Bangkok, if the proposal by several Southeast Asian countries will be approved by organizers.
Philippine Lawn Tennis Association secretary general Romeo Magat said the proposal was made during a recent Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) meeting after Myanmar declared that it will be unable to hold the tennis competitions due to the absence of a suitable venue.
“First time in history ito na ang host country, papayag na gawin sa labas,” said Magat, who nonetheless admits he isn’t too optimistic Myanmar would agree to the proposal.
“Medyo magulo ang patakbo nila ng SEA Games ngayon. Maghihintay tayo if they will make up their mind,” Magat said.
According to Magat, the prime movers of the proposal said Bangkok is a suitable venue since it is home to the ATF training center.
Tennis was dropped from the SEA Games lineup although the popular sport is regularly played in the Olympics.
Officials are also puzzled why Myanmar would not hold a tennis event in the SEAG after hosting a Davis Cup competition this year.
“Ang malabo dito, nag-host ang Myanmar ng Davis Cup tournament level 3 and 4 so hindi excuse na wala silang venue,” Magat said.
The Philippines won a single gold in the 2011 SEA Games competitions in Indonesia where Treat Huey and Denise Dy won the mixed doubles crown. Host Indonesia copped four golds.