Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday assured that all facilities for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games will be finished promptly, and this includes the New Clark City. The area, which will host the centerpiece athletics and aquatics events, is being built on a 9,450-hectare land in Capas town, Tarlac by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. “We will make sure that no glitches would ruin our hosting of the Games,” said Cayetano, appointed by President Duterte as chairman of the SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc). “This early, even our major projects like the New Clark City has September of next year as target of completion. That’s a tall order, but it can be done.” READ: PH begins construction of 'world-class' facilities as it gears up to host 2019 SEA Games A majority of the events will be held at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, through the support of the Clark Development Corp. Other … [Read more...] about News Cayetano assures New Clark City will be ready for 2019 SEA Games
Submission grappling in next SEA Games? Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) - April 3, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) president and Universal Reality Combat Championship founder Alvin Aguilar is confident of delivering at least 10 gold medals if submission grappling is added to the calendar of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which the country will host on Nov. 30-Dec. 9 next year. The existing gold medals at stake in wrestling at the SEA Games level are for 21 events – seven weight divisions (55, 60, 66, 74, 84, 96, 120 kilograms) in men’s Greco-Roman and freestyle each and seven weight divisions (44, 48, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67 kilograms) in women’s freestyle. Wrestling was struck out of the SEA Games in 2015 and 2017 but will make a comeback next year. The sport was removed from the Olympics in 2016 but will be restored for the 2020 Tokyo Games. At … [Read more...] about Submission grappling in next SEA Games?
Fédération internationale de natation or International Swimming Federation (FINA) has suspended Ng Yan Yee, a Malaysian women's diving athlete for eight-months for doping. The 24-year-old national athlete is a three-time gold medal winner of Southeast Asian Games and bagged two silvers in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. She also participated in 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. Yan Yee achieved fifth place in 3-metre springboard preliminary round at Rio Olympics and in the finals she managed to grab a 10th position on foreign soil. She tested positive for sibutramine in October 2017, which is common in slimming products but also enlisted as a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). According to reports, during 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, the diver allegedly took the substance and participated in the tournament. The SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) is in the process of retrieving her gold medal, that she achieved in the women's individual 3m springboard event. The … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s SEA Games gold medalist Ng Yan Yee faces 8-month suspension for doping
The Malaysian South East Asian Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30. The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) yesterday. The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports. The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion. In the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in 32 sports. Khairy said that they came up with the figure of 111 after analysing the performance of athletes and also the targets set by the individual sports … [Read more...] about SEA Games starting on August 19
ON DECK with Duncan Worthington Sailing at the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia has just wrapped up. What? I hear you ask. You didn’t know there was any sailing at the SEA Games? You didn’t see any daily results? You’re not the only one. I’ve spent the last week or so looking for results. Going to the event website which is as pretty as it is useless. After a few days trying to figure out their results “system” on the website, I think I have worked it out – they basically post results of finished events only. What about multi-day events I hear you ask? Football, athletics, sailing? Well, there were some football results posted, and also some athletics heats, but nothing for sailing. So, if you’ve decided to have sailing in the Games, and you’ve spend “gazillions” hosting the event and building a pretty website, why not actually tell the world what’s happening in that sport? (And all other sports for that matter). It … [Read more...] about SEA Games silence is deafening