Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Chairman and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano revealed that Phisgoc Chief Operating Officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara would be replaced by a group to lead the hosting of the biennial meet.
Cayetano clarified though that Suzara did not resign.
“Hindi naman po (Not really). We are just reassessing the role of every single person, especially given na yung iba natin sports leaders, may commitment abroad, like Mr. Suzara, yung sa Olympics,” said Cayetano.
“We have a board meeting tomorrow afternoon here in Congress. There is no major announcement except that we are thinking of putting up, we were advised that as it nears you need a crisis or executive committee for day to day problems. Chairman Butch has told me that he is willing to do more and focus also on it,” Cayetano said referring to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
“But ang key role niya talaga is planning and advising. Maaari magkaroon ng reassignment sa roles kasi matatapos na ang period natin sa planning at pagpupundar ng foundation. Nandun na tayo sa day to day operations. The partnership of PSC, POC, and PhisGoc will continue,” Cayetano said.
The Manila Times tried to contact Suzara for comments, but he was out of reach. According to reports, Suzara is currently in Japan in relation to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, the Philippine archery team will feature a solid core of promising archers in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30 to December 11.
Armed with a mix of young talents and veteran smarts, national coach Clint Sayo said the chief objective of the squad is to end the four-year gold medal drought both in the recurve and compound events.
Asian Games bronze medalist Paul Marton Dela Cruz, Youth Olympic Games gold medal winner Gabriel Moreno, and Olympian Jennifer Chan will be on target for that elusive gold medal in the biennial sportfest that the Philippines will host on Nov. 30-Dec. 11.
Dela Cruz will spearhead the men’s compound team together with Johan Olano, Roberto Badiola and Arnold Rojas while Moreno banners the four-man recurve squad along with Florante Matan, Jayson Feliciano, and Carson Hastie.
The women’s recurve will be led by Kareel Hongitan, Pia Bidaure, Phoebe Amostoso, and Gabrielle Monica Bidaure while, Chan, Andrea Robles, Rachelle Ann Dela Cruz and Abbigail Tinugduan comprise the women’s compound squad.
REINA C. TOLENTINO AND JOSEF T. RAMOS