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While Garcia noted that majority of the NSAs have submitted their liquidation reports to the government sports agency, there are at least 15 whose sports are calendared in the Myanmar games that have yet to submit their budget requests.
These associations are aquatics (swimming), badminton, basketball, billiards and snooker, chess, cycling, equestrian, football, including futsal; golf, judo, muay thai, sailing, shooting, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling, virtually half of the disciplines scheduled in the meet.
Among those that have complied as early as last month are athletics, archery, boxing, canoe-kayak, including dragon boat rowing; gymnastics, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, taekwondo, wushu and fencing, which will not be in the Myanmar meet but will return in 2015 during the Singapore Games.
“We want all the budgets of the NSAs, especially those that are competing in the SEA Games, to be submitted by the end of the month so we can start assessing them and begin releasing the funds as needed,” Garcia said.
Not wanting to become the scapegoat once more should Filipino athletes fare poorly in Myanmar, the government sports agency unveiled last year its priority sports and priority athletes programs to boost the country’s performance in the 27th edition of the regional sports showcase.
The PSC absorbed most of the blame for the country’s mediocre performance in the Indonesia SEA Games two years ago when Pinoy bets garnered of 38 gold, 56 silver and 77 bronze medals, winding up a dismal sixth overall, for their worst finish in the 11-nation competition.
Nine of the 10 PSC’s priority sports–athletics, archery, boxing, billiards, taekwondo, swimming, wrestling, weightlifting and wushu–are slated in Myanmar and will receive bigger allotments, training and exposure for their respective athletes.
The PSC also placed majority of the Indonesia SEA Games medalists in the priority athletes program where they will higher stipends plus more intensive training and exposure once they agree to the government agency’s terms and conditions.
Garcia bared that around 100 athletes have already signed up under the program “and we expect more of them to come.”
In line with this, the PSC will begin monitoring the athletes in the national pool and hopes to form its joint task force with the Philippine Olympic Committee early next month so they can coordinate smoothly for the SEA Games preparations.