As first-time host of the Southeast Asian Games, Myanmar informed member nations that the deadline of entry-list submission has been moved to October 10, instead of the November 15 deadline, during the chiefs of mission meeting last weekend at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Citing the lack of manpower and other organizational problems, the host country is asking for understanding among participating nations for changing the submission date at an earlier date since this is their first time to host the biennial sporting event.
Philippine SEAG Chief of Mission Jeff Tamayo said that the only good thing he got from his three-day trip was the news that all major venues for the SEA Games have been completed. Other than that, news from Myanmar as they relate to the Philippines have not been positive.
“I have to meet with the high-ranking officials of the SEAG Task Force to let them know about this development,” said Tamayo, referring to Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco Jr. and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia.
The new deadline is expected to affect several sports organizations, including swimming, football and basketball.
Swimming who only has 2-3 swimmers making it to the initial list, is set to join FINA World Cup in Singapore this November 10-11, hoping to add more swimmers to the list.
The women’s basketball team is asking the Task Force to wait until its campaign in the FIBA Asia in Bangkok is over in early-November before deciding whether a team will be competitive.
The men’s football team on the other hand, composed of players 23 years old and under, has a team already formed but needs confirmation from the POC if it can go.
The Philippine Football Federation has written the POC to make its final decision before Sept. 28, otherwise if no response is made, they will take it to mean that their request to compete has been denied.