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Kuala Lumpur SEAG is priority – Romasanta

The Philippine Olympic Committee is not wasting time after the acrimonious elections as it immediately focuses on the country’s participation in next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

Re-elected first vice president Joey Romasanta said yesterday the committee is already doing an inventory of the athletes and the training venues needed for training and participation in the biennial meet.

“We have to do these things as soon as possible because the SEA Games is only nine months away,” said Romasanta, who also served as the country’s chief of mission in the 2016 Rio Olympics last August.

The 29th SEAG edition will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31 next year with 38 sports to be contested.

Romasanta said the SEAG Organizing Committee has already posted a deadline for the submission of entry by number from 11 participating nations on Dec. 22 for its initial documentation.

“We’re trying to get in touch with the different national sports associations (NSAs) regarding this because by January, the athletes’ training will definitely be in full swing,” said Romasanta.

The country is still hoping to improve its SEAG performance the past editions including in the 2015 Singapore meet where the Filipinos landed sixth with 29 gold, 36 silver and 66 bronze medals.