SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down

first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “We will ask the help of Mr. (Ricky) Vargas (the Philippine Olympic Committee president) on this matter.”According to the report, the MOA Arena is unavailable because of prior bookings.“Maybe Mr. Vargas can talk to [the Phisgoc] and ask what happened,” he said.The SEA Games will happen after the World Cup in China, and Panlilio admitted that the SBP still doesn’t have a final composition of the team that will play in the biennial conclave.The Philippines has won all but two of 19 cage golds in the Games, finishing second to Malaysia in 1979 in Jakarta and in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT “We need bigger venues for Philippine games,” SBP president Al Panlilio, who is already in Shenzhen for the World Cup draw that will happen on Saturday, told the Inquirer over the phone, expressing dismay as to why this decision was arrived at.“If it would be a game between Myanmar versus Malaysia, which no one will watch, maybe that could be played in a small venue,” Panlilio said. “But if it’s a Gilas game, our countrymen will definitely watch that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReports have come out on Thursday that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) had failed to secure the MOA Arena for the cage competition, putting the games instead at Filoil Flying V Centre with a capacity of just over 5,500 fans.And this is a development that does not sit well with Panlilio and the entire national basketball team leadership. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Filipinos have won the last 12 editions ever since that debacle in Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Basketball, the sport which this country embraces like a religion, will be played in a small venue when the Philippines hosts the Southeast Asian Games later this year.But the ruling Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) won’t take that sitting down and will do everything it can to remedy that.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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