The Philippines, mired in a forgettable sixth place overall finish two years ago, looks to stay in that hole. Or it may even drop farther down in the standing when the 27th Southeast Asian Games raises its curtains Dec 11-22 in Myanmar. That is if the recommendation of the Myanmar SEA Games Organizing Committee adding four medal-rich sports to this year’s calendar would be given the go-ahead. There have also been reports the scrapping of five Olympic disciplines will pass the keen scrutiny of the SEA Games Federation Council meeting next week in Myanmar’s Naypyitaw City. Recommended to be included in the events to contested, according to Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Steve Hontiveros in Friday’s SCOOP Sa Kamayan weekly session are vovinam, tarungderajat, kempo and chin lone, which by their names alone sound foreign to the Filipinos. Chine lone, kempo and tarungarajat are indigenous combat sports, while vovinam is likened to petanque, which for years now is being played in the biennial conclave. “Should we fail in our attempt to scratch these events, we will be losing at least 58 gold medals of the 444 at stake in Myanmar,” said Hontiveros, member of a four-man POC delegation flying to Naypyitaw Saturday. This is because, the POC secretary general bared, vovinam will have 18 gold medals at stake, kempo 18, tarung derejat 14 anc chin lsone 8 for a stotal 58 gold medals. Olympic sports recommended to be dispensed with are water polo, badminton, gymnastics, table tennis and lawn tennis. It is only in lawn tennis though where the Philippines won medals in 2011 in Jakarta with the Filipino racket wielders managing a 1-2-3 gold-silver-bronze harvest. “Kung hindi talaga natin mapipigilan ang pag dagdag nitong events na ito at tuluyang mawala ang several Olympic sports, delekado tayong mabaon sa sixth place o baka malaglag pa tayo sa seventh which will be the worst since we joined the SEA Games Federation in 1977,” Hontiveros lamented.
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