By Nick Giongco
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is in no rush to appoint the chief of mission to the 2021 Hanoi Southeast Asian Games.
Reporting from Geneva, POC president Bambol Tolentino said the naming of the CDM to the 31st SEAG would hinge on the list of sports and events that will be played in Vietnam.
“We have to know first what sports and events will be included,” said Tolentino.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) had expressed its belief last week that a CDM be named the soonest so the government funding agency can buckle down to work and sustain the momentum gained from the country’s success in the 30th SEAG.
PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said it would be a big letdown if the Philippines doesn’t capitalize on its landmark first-place finish.
Vietnam is expected to stage between 36-40 sports, mostly those played in the Olympic Games, when it hosts the biennial sportsfest from Nov. 21-Dec. 2, 2021.
Discussion over the roster of events will be tackled in March when members of the SEAG Federation Council gather in Hanoi this March.
Succeeding meetings will take place within the year and onto the next when the CDMs are already named by all the 11 member countries.
The Philippines took the overall crown with a massive haul of 149 gold medals out of the 530. Vietnam was a distant second with 98 while the region’s undisputed champion Thailand wound up with 92 for third place.