The Philippine Sports Commission is set to step in and help out in preparing the numerous venues that will be used in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Chef de mission and PSC chairman William Ramirez said this after hearing that a lot of venues have not been put up yet, with four months left before the Games begin.
“We are now in a crisis situation. PSC will interfere concerning the venues that have not yet been identified,” said Ramirez following yesterday’s second Team Philippines consultative meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The PSC chief said this a day before he is to meet with officials of Malacanang and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee on instructions that will come from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Tomorrow’s meeting is important. This is about guidelines for us. I am waiting for directions coming from the president,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez has assigned Deputy Executive Director Guillermo Iroy to coordinate with the Phisgoc on which events still need venues.
Venue shortages will be up for discussion with Phisgoc executive director Tom Carrasco.
So far, lack of venues were taken up by officials from gymnastics, shooting, skateboarding.
Phisgoc plans to put up temporary facilities for petanque, lawn balls and obstacle course.
“We will discuss this with Phisgoc at sabihin namin sa kanila na kapag hindi na nila kaya, ibigay na lang sa amin,” said Ramirez.
Gymnastics Association of the Philippines secretary general Bettina Pou informed Ramirez that members of the national pool have no place to train now that many areas of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex are under renovation.
The Philippine National Shooting Association, though secretary general Francisco Gudani, has still not confirmed the completion of their venue in Clark Field, Pampanga.
Skateboarding chief Monty Mendigoria said there is no word yet on the completion of their facility in Tagaytay.
The complaints came a week after the heads of delegations from 11-member countries, visited the various venues of the Games.
They saw the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan where the opening ceremonies will be held.
They also visited New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac for the venues for athletics and swimming as well as the athletes’ village.