The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has formed a five-man task force to improve the country’s chances in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore next year.
POC first vice-president Joey Romasanta, a member of the task force headed by wushu’s Julian Camacho, said the group is taking a page from the military masterpiece of Chinese thinker Sun Tzu in tackling the SEAG participation set June 5-16.
“You have to know what you have and know what the others can do,” said Romasanta, drawing reference to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
“We cannot improve if you always keep on doing the same thing,” Romasanta said.
Camacho and company have met various national sports leaders to set the agenda and they hope to put everything in place by the end of the year.
“By next year, the athletes being eyed for participation in the SEAG will be quartered and their training closely monitored,” said Camacho, who is joined in the TF by Moying Martelino, Jonee Go and Chippy Espiritu.
The Philippines plan to send close to 500 athletes in Singapore.
The Philippines has been languishing in the medal standings in the last four stagings of the SEAG.
In the 2013 Myanmar Games, the Philippines sank to its lowest placing of seventh after finishing fifth in 2007 (Thailand), sixth in 2009 (Laos) and fifth again in 2011 (Indonesia).
The country’s glorious SEAG moment was in 2005 when, as host, it topped the medal standings and captured the overall title.
Source : Mb.com.ph