Olympic Council official urges PH to bid for 2030 Asian Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019   •   324

Wei Jizhong

Vice President of Olympic Council of Asia Wei Jizhong has suggested that the Philippines should bid for the 2030 Asian Games, according to Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chief operating officer Ramon Suzara.

Suzara told reporters that Wei was pleased with the sports facilities of the country.

“Noong nakita niya iyong Clark, sabi niya ang ibang bansa walang ganoon. Sinabihan kami na, ‘Why not bid for 2030 for that kind of facility?’ (When he saw Clark, he said other countries don’t have those [facilities]. He told us, ‘Why not bid for 2030 for that kind of facility?),” he said.

During a press briefing on Monday (December 2), Wei personally told the media his admiration for the country’s facilities for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games including the opening ceremony.

“The unique, biggest indoor arena in the world and in the opening ceremony we witnessed the enthusiasm of all the participants, all the athletes. You allowed all the athletes to walk in because sometimes in the other games they limit,” he said.

“This means, the Philippines is capable to organize bigger scale games,” he added.

The Olympic official also lauded how organizers are “very keen to provide to all the participants the best condition.”

“The president of the republic and the speaker of the parliament apologized for some inconvenience happened in the beginning of the games…this is the first time — I never heard it before,” Wei said.—AAC

PH keeps lead in SEA Games last day medal tally

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

Team Philippines has securely kept the top spot in the medal tally as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ended on Wednesday (December 11).

As of December 10 at 10:00 p.m., the Philippines has collected 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze, securing a total of 385 medals. The country is set to win the overall championship during the closing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

The final day of competition of the #2019SEAGames saw the Philippines officially claiming the title as overall champion of the biennial regional sports event,” according to the 2019 SEA Games’ official Facebook.

Vietnam was able to snare the second spot with 96 golds while Thailand settled for the third spot with 92 golds.

The SEA Games closing ceremony will be held at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium starting at 4:00 p.m.—AAC

PH Navy’s Melcah Jen Caballero wins second gold in SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 10, 2019

Philippine Navy Seaman 2nd Class Melcah Jen Caballero has clinched her second gold in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Caballero topped in the women’s lightweight single sculls rowing competition on Sunday (December 8). Thailand and Indonesia landed in second and third place, respectively.

Caballero got her first gold medal after winning the women’s lightweight doubles sculls with teammate Joanie Delgaco.—AAC

Nesthy Petecio punches gold in SEA Games boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

Nesthy Petecio (L) of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Women’s Featherweight (57kg) final match against Ni Nwe Oo (L) of Myanmar at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Philippine boxing bet Nesthy Petecio clinched another gold for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s featherweight finals on Monday (December 9).

Petecio defeated Myanmar’s New Ni Oo by a unanimous decision. This is Petecio’s first SEA Games gold and the sixth gold medal for the Philippine boxing team.

In an interview with reporters, Petecio said that at first she felt pressured and nervous in going to the finals.

“Ang bigat po talaga, lalo na nung sasabihin nila ‘nanalo ka sa world so panalong-panalo ka na rito’, (It felt really heavy, especially when they said ‘you won in the world so you can win this’)” she said.

She recalled that she just prayed and stopped thinking about all the pressure in order for her to focus on the game.—AAC

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