Thursday, March 3, 2011

PH execs to fight for inclusion of billiards

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PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco said member-countries of the Southeast Asian Games Federation will meet on Feb. 25 in Bali, Indonesia to debate – and ultimately decide – which sports will be included in the 26th Southeast Asian Games roster.
“There will be a big debate and discussions over the events of the SEA Games,” said Cojuangco upon learning that billiards and snooker, along with women’s football will not be included in the Games this November.
The Philippines will send chefs de mission Sim Chi Tat and commissioner Chito Loyzaga to the council meeting, along with newly appointed sports and rules committee representative Steve Hontiveros to lobby for some sports and assess the situation in the run-up to the Games.
Malaysia earlier questioned the decision of Indonesian organizers to scrap billiards and snooker, women’s football and reduce the number of events in shooting, sailing and cycling.
Meanwhile, Cojuangco said he will personally oversee and supervise the training of a unified national team in cycling.

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