By Nick Giongco
There’s no stopping the 30th Southeast Asian Games from pushing through, the Phisgoc said Monday.
Phisgoc chief operating officer Tats Suzara said the Athletes Village at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac is set to welcome the first batch of occupants on Sunday, less than a week before the SEAG formally opens on Nov. 30.
The Phisgoc is likewise running a simulation of the Athletes Village Dining Hall on Thursday, proof that the biennial sportsfest the country is hosting is proceeding as scheduled.
Suzara said the opening of the country’s first Athletes Village should kick off what is being targeted as a landmark event in Philippine sporting history.
“We want this not only to be the biggest SEA Games but be well-hosted as well,” said Suzara during the broadcast launch of Sama Sama sa Sea Games of TV5 and Cignal.
Last week, the Phisgoc worked closely with the MMDA and Dept. of Transportation during a traffic simulation from Pasay City to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, site of the opening ceremonies on Nov. 30.
“It took us just an hour, which is fast considering the starting point,” said Suzara, noting that there is an exclusive lane for SEAG delegates.
Meanwhile, Janes Basas, TV5 head, said action during the event will be enjoyed on all platforms.
Several top sportsmen are also being tapped to lend expertise in the coverage, according to TV5.
The mainstream sports will be featured on free TV with basketball and boxing leading the way owing to its immense popularity.