Home-grown sports here to stay, say SEA Games chiefs

first_imgJoeart Jumawan and Alvin Pangan of Philipines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZSoutheast Asian Games organizers have given their strong backing to keeping home-grown sports like sepak takraw — as well as the policy of tailoring the program to suit the host country.The biennial Games, whose 29th edition is underway in Malaysia, are known for their distinctive regional sports and unashamed home-nation bias.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ “So yes, we will certainly have Olympic sports where we want to do well in Southeast Asia… but we also have to cater for sports that are popular within the region.”Ball-juggling sport sepak takraw, played with the feet and a rattan ball, and the martial arts of pencak silat and wushu are among the disciplines that remain little-known outside of Asia.The current, 11-nation SEA Games also feature lawn bowls, petanque, Muay Thai boxing and figure skating among their diverse schedule of 38 sports.“Sepak takraw is very much a regional sport and very popular, so we have to ensure that those sports are properly covered,” said Tunku Imran. “And then you have to give some opportunity to the host country to win some medals.”ADVERTISEMENT PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The hosts have topped the medals table at six of the last 10 editions, and Malaysia look set to finish top in Kuala Lumpur — for the first time since they last hosted the Games in 2001.The current Games feature only one Olympic champion, Singapore’s US-based swimmer Joseph Schooling, reflecting Southeast Asia’s struggles on the world stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Games organizers said there were no plans to revise the SEA Games’ approach of showcasing colorful regional pursuits such as pencak silat to focus more closely on Olympic sports.“The Olympic sports are very, very important, but some countries don’t have facilities for many of the Olympic sports,” said SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) According to the SEA Games charter, athletics and aquatics, which includes swimming and diving, are compulsory, and the hosts then choose at least 14 sports from a list of 38 which feature at the Olympics or Asian Games.The home country can also pick between two and eight sports out of 16 listed in a third category, which includes the Southeast Asian favourites.“We try to do a balance of what’s compulsory, what’s on the programme of the Olympic Games and Asian Games,” said Low Beng Choo, secretary of the Games’ sports and technical committee.“But we also give the host country an opportunity to choose the regional or the sub-regional sports that are good for the host country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson What’s in store for your animal sign this year Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img

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