PHL team will send 584 athletes to SEA Games in Hanoi

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The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) have agreed to send 584 athletes and 161 officials to the 31st Southeast Asian Games in May in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The figures were obtained during a meeting between POC President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Mission Chief Ramon Fernandez and PSC officials earlier this week.

“We understand the situation due to PSC’s budgetary constraints, so we have to resort to belt-tightening measures in terms of officials and equipment,” Tolentino said.

The POC initially set up a delegation of 627 athletes for the SEA Games which will open on May 12 and end on May 25.

Tolentino said 80 athletes from various national sports associations (ASNs) are appealing for delegation as falling under the Group B category, which means their ASNs will bear their expenses during the Games.

The PSC have not yet determined the exact budget for participation in the Games, although Fernandez has already announced earlier that it is around 200 million pesos.

Members of Team Philippines will fly in two groups on charter flights to Vietnam, the first on May 6 and the second on May 10, allowing those in the second wave to continue voting in the May 9 general election.

Filipino athletes will still compete in all but one sport on the Hanoi schedule – xiangqi or Chinese chess – of the 40 sports.

They will be divided into four clusters – 1A for Hanoi, 1B on the outskirts of Hanoi and 2A and 2B outside Hanoi, including canoeing and rowing in Hai Phong.

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