THE Philippine Olympic Committee will study the province of Albay’s capabilities in sharing the hosting rights the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. said this after learning that the province is willing to have a stake in the responsibility of holding some of the events of the biennial meet.
“Titingnan natin kung saan ang mga pinakamagandang lugar na puwedeng dalhin ito at kung ano ang iaalok,” remarked Cojuangco.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda expressed his confidence that the province can handle the SEA Games after they successfully hosted the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.
Salceda said he is now in the process of writing a letter to the proper authorities in the POC, Philippine Sports Commission and Malacanang.
If given a chance, Salceda said Albay can host athletics and swimming, and other outdoor sports like cycling and archery.
“Pagdating sa joint operations command, incident monitoring, planning and execution, nandoon na,” added Salceda,
On the other hand, Cojuangco said they can’t let a province handle just two to three events. It has to be able to able to accept responsibility for multiple events.
“Hindi basta-basta ang pag-host ng SEA Games. Baka mapahiya tayo,” added Cojuangco.