The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) used a "meticulous" battle plan to get the job done for the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which resulted in the overall championship for the Philippines team.
Now it has to make an effort to alleviate the dreaded SEA Games film – maybe twice as hard. The phenomenon has happened before, and it will happen again.
Steve Hontiveros, chairman of the POC, said that the backroom tactic that POC, as the host association for this year's SEA Games, is using will help prevent the country's expected drop in performance in Vietnam from 2021 from becoming a free one If.
"[W] We have to maintain [the program] – training, exposure to foreign countries and preparation," Hontiveros told the examiner. "Then we work hard for lobbying." Creating a calendar that allowed as many regular sports as possible while incorporating disciplines with large medal offerings and even greater chances for Filipino victories helped the POC, the Philippines team, with a medal reserve of 149 gold coins (117) to control silver and 121 bronzes.
"It was a long and painstaking process to speak to the presidents and secretaries-general of the National Sports Association (NSA) and to ask for their honest impressions of which events should and should not be included," said POC President Abraham " Bambol ". Tolentino. "It's about erasing events where Filipino athletes may not win the gold medal."
Vietnam is likely to do the same. However, since the country is performing strongly in Olympic competitions, continuous training of the athletes there would guarantee a buffer against the expected drop in catering for the Philippines team. Lobbying to keep non-permanent sports on the calendar would ensure that the country would top the overall medal race.
"This way we don't lose as much as before," said Hontiveros.
In 2005, the Philippines ran away with 113 gold medals for the overall title, but saw a sharp drop in gold medals and medal position in subsequent SEA games.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, the Philippines finished sixth in 2007 with a 41-91-96 record.
Hontiveros chose Dancesports and Arnis, who together brought 24 gold medals to the Philippines. Both sports are not "permanent" in the SEA Games calendar.
"You have to go out and lobby to convince Vietnam to include them," said Hontiveros.
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, President of the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation, already explained his plans to fly to Hanoi with Tolentino to do just that.
A sport must be played on three consecutive SEA games in order to be considered for permanent status. And to be included in an edition, at least four countries should be involved.
Other SEAG non-permanent NSA that made a major contribution to the championship of the Philippines were Esports with three gold medals, obstacle course (six) and Jiu Jitsu (five).
The POC pursued a strategy of strength in numbers in these SEA games. It filled the calendar with regular Olympic guests to appease member states, while adding non-permanent disciplines where the country is strong.
"56 sports ultimately made it possible for us to make the impossible possible – to win the overall championship of the 30th SEA Games," said Tolentino on Friday.
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