New Clark City, PH — With 88 golds early Sunday, the Philippines is the overall champion ahead of the last three full days of the 30th Southeast Asian Games confirms Philippine Olympic Committee chair Steve Hontiveros.
“We got this. We are overall champions. Other countries don’t have much left to get gold medals from,” said Hontiveros referring to Indonesia and Vietnam which are competing at the second place. Each country has 47 gold medals almost half of the total golds garnered by the Filipino athletes.
The Philippines can still expect more golds this Sunday in athletics, boxing, softball, baseball and taekwondo, among others.
The 2019 SEA Games took off with a many issues from delayed airport pick ups, food issues and other unconfirmed claims as reported by some media organizations.
The event’s conclusion will be grand landing for the Philippines as the overall champion. Many inspiring stories and friendships have also emerged such as the heroism of a Filipino athlete, Roger Casugay from La Union who gave up a sure gold medal to save a fellow surfer, his biggest rival. For Casugay, surfing through La Union’s Mona Liza point is all too familiar since he grew up playing with those waves. It’s a home-court advantage. However, he sacrificed his own performance to rescue Indonesian longboard sensation Arip Nurhidayat who was swept away by the torrential waves when his leash broke at the middle of the game.
What’s next for the Philippines?
Indeed, a smashing victory is the only path for the Philippines garnering the most gold medals but at the same time earning the respect of its counterparts being the host country. Amidst earlier criticisms and setbacks experienced by foreign delegates, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is “very impressed” with how the Philippines managed the ongoing SEA Games 2019. In fact, Wei Jizhong, OCA’s vice president suggested that Philippines should bid for the upcoming 2030 Asian Games.
Walang uuwing talo. Everyone is a winner.
What makes SEA Games 2019 being held in the Philippines great is not the sparkle of greatness which is evident on the world-class facilities the country offered. It’s all about the Filipino heart behind it. A superior athletic ability and a humble heart is a deadly combination.
The Filipino heart in times of danger, will not think twice of doing what is right. The Filipino heart in times of victory is always humble and inclusive living up to the SEA Games motto #WeWinAsOne. With all medals they can be proud of, the Filipino people have not forgotten to cheer for Timor-Leste being at the bottom of the tally board having earned no single medals. Congratulations, the Philippines. #PusongPinoy #Panalo