While the top sports officials are clamoring for a lean delegation to the 27th Southeast Asian Games, the SEA Games task force will still go for the highest number for reduction when they submit the country’s entry to the SEA Games organizers next week.
SEA Games chief of mission Jeff Tamayo yesterday said his group will submit 250 names to maximize the slots and not miss any athlete deserving to compete in the region's most prestigious athletic conclave in Naypyidaw, Myanmar this December.
But so far, based on the task force’s initial interview with 24 out of the 28 participating national sports associations, 130 athletes from individual sports have already qualified in the task force’s criteria of gold medal from the previous Games and potential gold medal winners in this this year’s biennial meet.
It doesn’t include those from team sports like basketball and football which would fill 70 to 120 slots.
Tamayo said they have yet to talk to the basketball, equestrian and cycling federations — three associations which are expected to name several players worthy slots in the national contingent.
The task force will be sending the number to the Myanmar SEA Games Organizing Committee next week, or as soon as it gets the approval of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, who will be arriving from Switzerland this weekend.