The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) opposed postponing the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam until next year.
POC president Abraham Tolentino voted against moving the SEA Games since athletes have already began training for the sports event, and the Philippine government has already allocated Php 200 million for the participation of the country.
“It’s unfair to the athletes who have already sacrificed their time and effort in training for the SEA Games,” Tolentino said.
“Athletes are also preparing for the Asian Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, and Winter Olympics next year. So it’s very difficult for the SEA Games to be postponed,” he added.
Countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor Leste also voted against the postponement during a virtual meeting of the SEA Games Federation on Wednesday, June 9.
Vietnam and Myanmar voted in favor rescheduling the next SEA Games while Laos abstained.
Even though eight countries want the SEA Games to push through on November as scheduled, Tolentino admitted that the Vietnamese government still has the final decision.
“The final decision will be known next week,” the POC chief said.