Playing venues that are being built and renovated for use in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will undergo strict scrutiny today during the ocular inspection to be undertaken by local and foreign technical delegates here.
A total 53 such officials accredited by the SEA Games Federation are currently in the country to attend the three-day technical delegates meeting that started Tuesday at the Manila Hotel.
Highlight of the meeting is the whole-day ocular inspection of designated 58 playing venues located in the New Clark City in Pampanga (17 sports), Subic in Zambales (17 sports) and Metro Manila (24 sports).
A sprinkling of competition sites in Southern Luzon (Laguna, Batangas and Cavite) and Northern Luzon (La Union) are also facing scrutiny whether they meet specific international standard.
The panel of inspectors will be assisted by all venue managers and competition managers.
Also scheduled Thursday is the test games in athletics, aquatics, e-sports, dance sports, modern pentathlon and indoor volleyball, to be supervised, too, by the technical delegates at the venues these events are to be held.
The week is, actually a very hectic one in the country’s preparation for the Games set November 30 to December 11.
Also last Tuesday, an inter-agency meeting among the Games’ stakeholders was held at the Philippine International Convention Center where the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) is housed.
Phisgoc chair, House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, in his message sent to the meeting, expressed his gratitude to all those present for lending their help for the success of the biennial conclave the country is hosting for the fourth time since its admission to the SEAG Federation fold in 1977.
“It (SEA Games hosting) is no longer about the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee or Phisgoc. This is already about Team Philippines,” Cayetano stressed.
The Phisgoc chair, likewise, thanked President Duterte for his political will to help sports.
The Philippines, first played host to region’s best and finest athletes in 1981, 1991 and 2005, the year the country first tasted being an overall champion.