SEA Games stint worst ever


NAY PYI TAW – The Philippines closed out the 27th Southeast Asian Games in seventh place, its worst finish since it started competing in the regional sports event in 1977.

With only 29 gold, 34 silver and 37 bronze medals, the Philippines finished behind powerhouse Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar at the end of the 11-day competition Sunday.

The Filipinos finished sixth twice – in 2007 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and 2011 in Palembang, Indonesia. However, it collected more golds: 41 in Nakhon Ratchasima and 36 in Palembang.

The last time the Philippines won fewer than 30 gold medals was in the 1999 Brunei Games where it settled for only 20 out of the 490 gold medals at stake to finish fifth.

It also won 24 gold medals in the 1979 Jakarta Games to finish fourth.

The Philippines last topped the medal race when it hosted the Games in 2005, scooping up 113 golds, 84 silvers and 94 bronzes.

It was second in 1991 in Manila and in 1983 in Singapore.

The Philippines was already playing with a handicap even before the Games kicked off. Months before the meet, organizers scratched Olympic sports like gymnastics, tennis and bowling, replacing them with indigenous games like vovinam, kempo and chinlone.

Those sports were considered to have rich medal potential for the Philippines.

And when the competition started, the Burmese went on a medal spree, particularly in subjective sports like boxing, muay, taekwondo, judo and wushu.

The Philippines easily lost six gold medals to the Burmese in subjective sports and another one in swimming after Jasmine Alkhaldi’s victory was nullified by Singaporean technical officials, setting the tone for a disastrous campaign.

Everything went downhill for the Filipino athletes after that.


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  1. After reading the comments, nothing new to people’s attitude but finger pointing and a blame to the President. The President is only a single person with millions of problems to solve. He can only direct the task to the people around him, in his circle, and rely to them to implement to task thru channels. If the people downstream of the channel do not lift a finger to improve the situation, the President has no control over it unless his attention was called. You voted for him or her to lead not to roam around and police everybody.

    May I ask Mr. Samuel Santos this question: What was your basis of when you said “Under the presidency of the worst Philippine president ever”? Was your comment based on a serious study or just a hearsay? Have you compared the performances of the past presidents? If yes, from back to whose presidency?

    Have you guys done anything to the country yet, other than pissing and moaning or a cry baby? Guys, the president, whoever he is, needs the help of his people to improve the situation. You have the obligation, as a citizen, to police the candidates you voted and other officials (as the case maybe), and not to pass that task to your president.

    When it comes to learning English, you do not need a facility. Printed items, newspapers, magazines, books, etc., are all over the place. All a person need to do is read, read and read. And above all, more practice in speaking the language, no shortcuts. I bet you, because of shortcuts in texting, Filipino language will suffer the same consequences in the near future. I have encountered children who have difficulty writing correct Pilipino words because of shortcuts. Are we going to blame the president for this?

    These are just my thoughts.

  2. Nobody cares, what would you expect? While thousands die in Tacloban, nobody cares how much more with Philippine sports? Simply put, no money – who cares?

  3. Thinking Pinoy on

    It is not the fault of our athletes, It is the lack or absence of government support and vision of sports officials who are tasked to promote Philippine sports

  4. During my High School, the school was the main source of high caliber athletes that made it to the national scene because the athletic program was run in no-nonsense fashion by reservation officials that drew support from the US Department of the Navy. From provincial meet to the Central Luzon Athletic Association to the National Olympic Committee, we had athletic notables in baseball, softball, volleyball, and track and field that went on to represent the country in SEA regional meets and also played in the industry league for a living: Tierro, Leyva, Soberon, etc were among the select who made it to the top. What is wrong with PH lackluster performances is the politicalization of sporting bodies and the whole Olympic set-up and leadership. It is totally unacceptable that a country of 100 million cannot develop world class athletes even as youth development is part and parcel of Youth and Sports Development from grade school through the mandatory secondary education. Farming of athletes in any sports even can really start from grade school like gymnastics, tennis, swimming, etc., but the government must invest in such a program and avail of the best minds and known practitioners/trainors of the sport to get a stage-by-stage program going. Politicalization of sporting bodies have done much damage to PH sporting prowess. Time is ripe for a major overhaul and change.

  5. The Philippines has the best little brown fu….. machines in the world. They have the most winning record among all Asian countries in the world international beauty pageants. One of most corrupt politicians and citizens among all countries in the world likewise. One of the most undisciplined drivers in the world too. Philippines holds the record for the killing of journalist. The list goes on and on. What a country.

    • You forgot that the Philippines was ahead of South Korea over 40 years ago. Now, the Philippines is eating the dust of the South Koreans in all facets.
      There are politicians like Aquino who is paying debts back to the Lopez Family that supported them against Marcos. Now, the inept son is paying them by allowing the excessive price increase in electric charges.
      In this country, without strong support, English Language and Athletics have taken a beating. The Philippines is deluding themselves when they say they have lots of English Speaking People. Many Filipino Merchant Mariners are losing to Indian Merchant Mariners due to the lack of English Language Facility.
      It becomes worse that cartoons use to be left in English are now translated into Tagalog.

  6. jose b. taganahan on

    This is how the Pnoy administration treats its athletes, no or little incentives; that is why we end up our worst performance in the SEA games

  7. i think we better stop sending these athletes to the sea games and stop wasting government money without the goal of improving any sports category from the sports commission of phils, better focus on the sports were we have a chance to excel like pro boxing, badminton and football.