Philippines will try quantity over quality in 2015 SEA Games


The Philippines is sending a huge contingent to the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, chief of mission Julian Camacho said yesterday.

Camacho said about “400 to 450 athletes” will be sent to compete during the June 5 to 16 sportsfest with half of the number coming from team sports.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) wants a head-turning finish in Singapore, saying it can land as high as third but fourth would be a decent placing.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said he will be disappointed if the Philippines places fifth or sixth.

There will be 402 events in 36 sports on tap in Singapore.

In 2005, host Philippines took the overall crown for the first time.

In the 2013 Myanmar SEAG, the country sent 250 athletes and wound up crashing to seventh place, its worst finish in the biennial event.

After reigning supreme in 2005, the Philippines finished fifth in 2007 (Thailand), sixth in 2009 (Laos) and fifth again in 2011 (Indonesia).

The PSC is feeling the pressure from the government and both the private and public sector following its dreadful showing in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon where it only managed to win one gold medal.

Garcia said the SEAG will be the perfect place for the Filipino athletes to make up for a decade of demotion.

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