Courtesy of Thailand National Football Team (@changsuek)
- A week before the Philippines-hosted 2019 SEA Games starts, three visiting teams already issued logistical complaints about the organization of the program.
- Some teams had to cancel their first day of training in Manila due to the traffic, wrong designation of hotels, and training venues that are yet to be finished.
- PHISGOC issued an apology for the teams’ inconvenience later in the day.
MANILA, Philippines—Looks like the Philippines-hosted 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is a disaster in the making.
As the event gets underway, an international team has already complained about the service they received after arriving in the Philippines. This comes after the organizers assured that everything is ready for the regional sports event event that formally opens on November 30.
The Thailand National Football Team said Saturday they had to cancel their first day of training due to delays in acquiring the athletes’ IDs at the airport and heavy traffic on the way to their hotel. Thailand will clash with Indonesia in the SEA Games’ first football match on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Their accommodation was two hours away from the practice field, the team pointed out.
Reports also said some other teams had to wait hours for their transportation to their hotels and were cramped in a small bus.
Two weeks before, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) head Alan Peter Cayetano assured they were ready for the games.
“Handang handang handa na tayo,” Cayetano told CNN Philippines on November 11.
[Translation: We are ready.]
PHISCOG has issued an apology following these logistical complaints.
“While PHISGOC strives to ensure proper coordination of the arrival details, airport welcome and transportation provisions of all international teams to their respective assigned hotels, we acknowledge our shortcomings in this particular incident and vow to do better,” PHISGOC said in a statement.
It added that such incidents would be a reminder for organizers to “be more diligent.”
“We owe it to our guests and our countrymen,” the statement read.
The 2019 SEA Games will officially open on November 30 and will end on December 11.—CNN Philippines, Rappler