Garcia eyes 4th place finish in 2015 SEA Games

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After the debacle Team Philippines suffered in the recent Incheon Asian Games, Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia is now moving toward the direction of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

Garcia said Tuesday the country would seek redemption in the biennial meet scheduled in June in Singapore with no less than a fourth-place performance in mind.

“There’s only eight months left to prepare for the next SEA Games. We have to focus and really push for a better performance of at least No. 3 or No. 4,” said Garcia during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate backed by Accel and Pagcor.

The Philippines finished seventh among its Southeast Asian neighbors in the Asian Games, the same ranking it had in the 2013 SEA Games in Burma.

It was the lowest finish for Filipino athletes in the SEA Games after winning the overall title as hosts in 2005.

“It can’t be sixth or seventh. We cannot accept this,” said Garcia, the country’s chef de mission in the Asiad, where Filipino athletes brought home one gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals. BMX racer Daniel Caluag captured the lone gold for the Philippines.

It was off the initial target of seven gold medals.

Malacañang expressed dismay over the results as Communications Sec. Sonny Coloma reiterated President Aquino’s concept of focusing in sports where Filipinos could reign.

“I share the sentiment of Malacañang. I’m sure they are disappointed and we are all disappointed. We will continue with the prioritization program that was personally brought up by the President,” said Garcia.

Source : http://sports.inquirer.net/165606/garcia-eyes-4th-place-finish-in-2015-seag

PSC targets SEA Games after dismal Asiad stint

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) yesterday vowed to make up for the paltry collection of medals in the Asian Games with a much-improved showing in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said the Philippines cannot afford to finish lower than fourth place in the 11-nation sportsfest that will be held in June next year.

“We have to focus and push for a better performance. At least naman mag-focus tayo sa third or fourth (place),” said Garcia, who was chief of mission or head of delegation in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Fourth place in Singapore is acceptable, he said, but not any place lower than that.

“Hindi pwede itong pang-anim or pampito ulit tayo,” he said although that was what he and othe officials said when they competed in the last SEA Games.

In the 2013 SEAG in Myanmar, the Philippines wound up seventh and sixth in 2011 (Indonesia). After taking the overall crown for the first time when it was the host in 2005, the Philippines dropped to sixth in 2007 (Thailand) and fifth in 2009 (Laos).

In Incheon, the Philippines finished 22nd overall with a medal tally of 1-3-11 (gold-silver-bronze) and seventh among countries from Southeast Asia, a ranking that mirrors its current standing in the region.

As to how Garcia and the Philippine Olympic Committee would succeed in turning the Philippines into a formidable force in the SEAG in eight months time he did not say.

But Garcia said the PSC and the POC can get the job done amid Malacanang’s disappointment over the country’s low placing.

Had it not been for BMX rider Daniel Caluag’s gold medal, the Philippines would have gone home empty-handed.

Boxing, one of the most well-funded associations, sent one guy (Charly Suarez) to the finals who eventually lost, while wushu, another fancied NSA, won two silvers and one bronze.

To make matters worse, Gilas Pilipinas, supposedly a shoo-in for a medal, placed seventh, its worst placing in the Games ever.

Garcia believes the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines should also make major adjustments with its coaching staff as scoring and judging a fight and even the style of fighting have changed through the years.

Source : http://www.mb.com.ph/psc-targets-sea-games-after-dismal-asiad-stint/

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