PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

IF the federal government and the general public are to get a correct and optimistic image of the not too long ago concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games, the submit mortem and inquiry should no longer forestall at superficial wondering. They should cope with the entire factor of the habits and disorder that attended the contest.

The country’s exultation over the victory of Workforce Philippines within the 12-day pageant, and the folks’s enthusiasm for his or her sports activities heroes and heroines, must no longer detract from a radical and whole inquiry.

There are severe questions that should be requested and spoke back.

Amongst those questions are:
1. Why did the dethroned Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, Jose ‘’Peping’’ Cojuangco Jr., play the sort of pivotal and decisive function within the collection of Alan Peter Cayetano and his committee because the organizer of the 2019 SEA Video games? Why did he bestow the accountability on an individual who has no enjoy no matter in organizing a sports activities tournament, let by myself a global multi-national sports activities tournament just like the SEA Video games?

2. For the longest time, Mr. Cojuangco, whilst POC president and joined by means of the then-chairman of the Philippine Sports activities Fee, batted for the relocation of nationwide sports activities amenities and pageant venues to a space someplace within the former Clark Air Base and with regards to his circle of relatives’s Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.

To finance this formidable switch, they proposed the sale of Rizal Memorial Stadium and its sprawling grounds to an actual property developer for billions of pesos. That scheme used to be shot down by means of lively public opposition.

When the proposal to host the 30th SEA Video games used to be given approval by means of President Duterte, the proponents of the Clark-Luisita switch switched their consideration to getting executive approval of Clark because the most important venue of the SEA Video games.

Was once the involvement of Cayetano in SEA Video games arrangements designed to safe the President’s popularity of the Clark switch?

3. In each and every staging of the Olympics, the Asian Video games and the SEA Video games, the investment of the video games in most cases comes from two primary resources: direct executive appropriation to fund the development; and sponsorship cash generated from personal corporations, together with executive companies.

The 2 investment resources mix to finance the contest. Ceaselessly,when budget don’t seem to be enough, the federal government covers the shortfalls in investment.

When it comes to the 30th SEA Video games, the organizers seem to have handled the sponsorship cash of over 1000000000 pesos, as a monetary bonanza for them. The federal government is observed as taking the most important accountability of investment the SEA Video games.

4. Within the historical past of each and every world sports activities tournament, such because the Olympics, Asian Video games and SEA Video games SEA Video games, it’s the determination of the host executive to build dear sports activities amenities and arenas that generally leads to chapter or financial misery for the host country.

The historical past of the modern day Olympics is scarred by means of the ruinous monetary choices of host international locations and towns.

The Greek economic system used to be indubitably ruined by means of the rustic’s webhosting of the Olympic Video games in 2004. The town of Montreal continues to be paying dearly for its webhosting of the video games in 1976.

That is the harsh prospect now going through the Bases Conversion and Construction Authority (BCDA) and New Clark Town, as they now check out to determine the right way to pay for the P11-billion mortgage they reduced in size for the development of sports activities amenities and arenas for the SEA Video games.

5. All the way through Cojuangco’s POC presidency, and his strange bid to be president for lifestyles, he unilaterally disbanded nationwide sports activities associations in sure sports activities so he may change them together with his selected folks.

In so doing, he destroyed Philippine management and competitiveness in different sports activities.

Take billiards, for instance.

In 1987, the Philippines took many of the gold medals in males’s billiards.

Filipinos at all times took the golds in billiards since then. However this yr, once we had been bidding to make historical past, there have been no gold medals in males’s billiards. It used to be our ladies avid gamers who received two gold medals within the ladies’s pageant.

And but, in a preferrred irony, Filipinos have received the sector championship in pool repeatedly.

This isn’t sports activities construction, that is sports activities regression.



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