• Filipino sports officials decry changes in 2015 SEAG

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    Philippine sports officials criticized the removal of karate, weightlifting and wrestling  in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Singapore. Floorball, a hockey-like game popular in Singapore, will make its debut in next year’s edition of the biennial meet.

    Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) President Joey Romasanta said that the national sport association of karate in Singapore is in a squabble with the Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee hence there’s no way to reverse the situation.

    “There’s no way we can appeal because the host country’s decision is now final,” Romasanta told The Manila Times. “It is regrettable and big disappointment that we tried our best to lobby our sport but the karate association in Singapore could not put their acts together.”

    Romasanta added that the Philippine karate team is now just focusing on preparing for Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea later this year.

    Arnold Balde, who recently vacated his post as president of Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) criticized Singapore for removing wrestling, one of mankind’s oldest sport from the SEA Games. WAP Secretary General Karl Sevilla is the organization’s interim head.

    “Singapore removed wrestling because they can’t win gold. What they really wanted is only the gold. It’s already final and we can’t appeal,” said Balde.

    The Philippine Weightlifting Association under the leadership of Roger Dullano is yet to make a statement on the exclusion of weightlifting from the SEA Games.

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