THE Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee (PSC-POC) Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) Task Force recommended that the size of the contingent to the Myanmar Sea Games in December be limited to 180 athletes and 61 officials.
PSC Chairman Richie Garcia said that the recommended number of entries in at least 32 sports disciplines might still be reduced because the concerned national sports associations (NSA) have yet to justify the inclusions of their respective athletes in the roster.
However, the POC submitted to the SEAG Organizing Committee a total of 216 athletes two days before the July 10, 2013 deadline, according to Paul Icasas, an official of the Task Force.
Meanwhile, Garcia, who just arrived from the 2013 Asian Indoor Games in Incheon, South Korea, expressed dissatisfaction over the one gold and two bronzes output of the Philippine contingent that finished 16th overall in the meet where 43 countries participated.
“There was no reason for our athletes to perform that way. I expected a much better performance. We should now push our athletes to perform at higher level,” Garcia said.