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SEAG venues secured

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Officials composed of volunteers, the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and venue personnel made sure that the venues of the 30th Southeast Asian Games were secured on Tuesday afternoon. The biennial meet moved most of its events on a different schedule here in […] The post SEAG venues secured appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneDec 3rd, 2019

SEAG venues as quarantine sites

Four months after hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the refurbished Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and two other venues will be utilized in the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

PSC opens sports facilities to help in fight against COVID-19

The Philippine Sports Commission will soon be turned into temporary medical facilities to help decongest hospitals, as the war against COVID-19 rages, with infections breaching the 1000-mark Saturday. PSC Chairman William 'Butch" Ramirez confirmed that the two sports complex of the government in Metro Manila, namely the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City are both being surveyed by the Department of Public Works and Highways to assess how the different facilities inside may be used in line with the Department of Health’s requirements. Ramirez shared that in light of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Orders in line with the COVID-19 fight, the PSC has volunteered the mentioned government facilities as venue options. “They are government facilities so it we were already anticipating that it might come to that point,” explained the sports chief, adding that he has already discussed this with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. Except for around 30 athletes and coaches, medical and admin staff assisting them and security personnel guarding the complexes, national athletes have been asked to go home before the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. Senior Executive Assistant and National Training Director Marc Velasco assured that the management committee of the PSC is already crafting plans to ensure that remaining athletes and personnel are secured and isolated from the areas to be taken-over.   “Thorough disinfection of the venues will be undertaken regularly and after their use,” assured Velasco. “These times call for unselfish patriotism. These times call for everyone to be heroes, even.  Let us step up to the plate, so to speak.  This is us, the sporting community stepping up to bat,” said Ramirez in a social media post of the agency’s official social media accounts.   The venues being considered for use at the Philsports Complex are the Multi-purpose Arena and the track oval.  Possible venues to be used at the RMSC are the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Ninoy Aquino Stadium and the Rizal Baseball Stadium.  All these venues have been used before as evacuation or warehouse and repacking centers for relief goods......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

SEA Games in retrospect

There’s no doubt now that the country’s hosting of the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) from November 30 to December 11, 2019 was an unqualified success. Credit for this should go to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, that took care of the planning and actual supervision of the games held in various venues. In fact, Wei Jizhong, vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia, lauded the Philippines for its hosting of the SEAG, saying that the country can definitely host “bigger scale” events after seeing with his own two eyes how the SEA Games unfolded......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

SEA Games in retrospect

There’s no doubt now that the country’s hosting of the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) from November 30 to December 11, 2019 was an unqualified success. Credit for this should go to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, that took care of the planning and actual supervision of the games held in various venues. In fact, Wei Jizhong, vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia, lauded the Philippines for its hosting of the SEAG, saying that the country can definitely host “bigger scale” events after seeing with his own two eyes how the SEA Games unfolded......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

PH secures SEAG crown

Capas, Tarlac—Natalie Uy leaped to a height of 4.25 meters and into the record books in the pole vault competition at the New Clark City here on a day the Philippines virtually secured the overall crown of the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

2 SEAG venues, ‘di pa tapos – Cayetano

Manila, Philippines – Iginiit ni House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano na hindi pa tapos ang venue sa Tagaytay at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex  para sa 30th Southeast Asian Games sa kabila ng walong araw na natitira bago ito magsimula. “Usually countries have 4 years [to prepare]. We had a little bit below 2 years so […] The post 2 SEAG venues, ‘di pa tapos – Cayetano appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

NCRPO drafts security plan for SEAG

  This early, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is now drafting security plans for athletes and venues of some of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) sports that would be held in Metro Manila. NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they have already started meeting with SEAG officials, particularly the Metro Manila cluster […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

Frayna, Quizon top SEAG chess blitz qualifier

Woman Grandmaster and International Master Daniel Quizon topped their respective divisions to lead the Southeast Asian Games blitz chess qualifiers held at the separate venues Tuesday night. Frayna showed why she’s the country’s top lady woodpusher as she ran away with the title by scoring 77 points, 15.5 points ahead of second placer Woman FIDE Master […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

PouchNATION closes Series B funding round to conquer events services in Asia

Emerging as a leader in digitizing mass participation events and venues through the use of NFC technology, PouchNATION (pouchnation.com) has secured a Series B investment round from Traveloka and SPH Ventures. PouchNATION’s evolution and expansion has come with the success of its innovative cashless wristbands utilized in some of the biggest events in Asia: Zoukout, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Palace wants SEA Games in Davao

Malacañang is urging the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to push for Davao City as host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) although it doesn’t look like venues would be in place in three years time......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2016

PSC personnel, national athletes test negative for COVID-19

All 200 Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) personnel including some national athletes and coaches tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19). The PSC announced the good news following the release of the swab-test results on Wednesday. “We are thankful to the Lord that the PSC community is free from COVID-19. We hope and pray it stays that way,” said PSC Overall-in-Charge Ramon Fernandez who also underwent Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or swab testing. The PSC conducted RT-PCR tests for PSC staff, along with some members of the national team numbering 112 persons at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and 88 at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.  The test was conducted in three batches. “We are proud to say that both PSC complexes, which is under a high-risk area since we have venues housing COVID-19 patients, can be declared COVID-19 free. We conducted the test to give the confidence back to the regular workforce, occupants, athletes, and coaches who frequently go to PhilSports and RMSC.” said Dr. Randolph Molo, Head of PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (PSC-MSAS) Unit. “We opted for the RT-PCR/swab test over any form of rapid testing since this test is more reliable and reflective on one's COVID-19 status. As of Wednesday, July 8, we can declare that all of the 200 persons who underwent testing are all clear/negative from the Coronavirus. This should help restore the confidence and ease the fears of our staff as we continue to keep PSC COVID-19 free.” added Dr. Molo. After RT-PCR testing, the PSC has also put in place additional security measures by requiring all staff working on-site to submit a Health Declaration Form which was made accessible by QR code or the PSC website. This is screened by the MSAS unit which will grant them a gate pass via SMS once they get cleared. The sports agency hopes this practice will help them keep PSC premises COVID-19 free. The PSC is also strictly implementing health security protocols advised by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in all of its facilities......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 40 min. ago

PBA: Lee on closed-door games: ' Nakaka-baba ng energy'

The PBA took one major step towards a comeback when it secured government clearance to have teams start practice. If the league does return this year following the COVID-19 pandemic, a "new normal" will have the PBA more than likely play with little to no fans inside the venue. Perhaps, the PBA may actually play behind closed-doors. From a player's perspective, the prospect of playing with no fans can be a little draining. "Medyo iba yung pakiramdam nun, kasi first time mangyari satin sa PBA yun," Magnolia guard Paul Lee said on playing without fans. "Pero na-try namin yun sa FIBA, sa Araneta di ba? Wala talagang tao. Iba yung feeling, nakaka-baba ng energy yung laro, naiisip mo parang nasa practice ka lang," he added. Lee was part of the Gilas Pilipinas team that played Qatar behind closed doors two years ago for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. At the time, the Philippines was serving one of its punishments for the Gilas-Australia brawl months prior. "Kailangan masanay tayo sa ganun," Lee said on a recent episode of the PBA's Kamustahan. "Yun lang pwede natin gawin eh, ang importante dito is maka-balik tayong lahat," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

City dad to push for agricultural development in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Philip Zafra is planning to propose an ordinance that would encourage agricultural development in the city. Zafra said that the coronavirus pandemic has showed that Cebu City is not secured with its food supply, relying on imports from the province and other regions for commodities. He also stated […] The post City dad to push for agricultural development in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

SEAG champ rarin’ to make a run at Olympics

A bit upset over her failure to launch her LPGA Tour rookie campaign the way she had planned it, Bianca Pagdanganan believes the setback due to the world health crisis only gave her more time to steel herself up for a bigger mission on a bigger stage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

SEAG golf champ raring to make a run at Olympics

Bianca Pagdanganan believes her LPGA Tour setback due to the world health crisis only gave her more time to steel herself up for a bigger mission on a bigger stage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

LeBron James group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day. The idea, which comes after Kentucky used large facilities in its June 23 primary, is to use large spaces that allow for in-person voting while still enforcing social distancing guidelines. It also underscores the attention on the mechanics of voting amid the pandemic, with the intensity already reflected in both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden warning that state and local officials have the power to “corrupt” the election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called her “partnership” with the Pistons an “blueprint for other teams and leagues seeking to advance our common goal of protecting access to the vote for all.” Lloyd Pierce, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, said the arrangement in his city ensures “high turnout” in a safe environment. Benson, Pierce and David Fizdale, former New York Knicks head coach, will advise NBA franchises and arena management entities around the country on how to replicate the existing deals. The Milwaukee Bucks also confirmed they are willing to use their home arena as a voting site in the most populous city in the key battleground of Wisconsin. The coordinated push is a turnabout, of sorts, in the often-partisan jousting over voting procedures. Some Democrats panned Kentucky elections officials for limiting in-person June primary voting in the state’s two most populous counties to Louisville’s Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. Voting rights advocates argued in federal court that the plan, part of culling voting sites statewide amid coronavirus concerns, would harm minority voters. A federal judge rejected their claims, and voting proceeded without the melee that some advocates had forecast. Now, Benson, a Democrat, is pushing the arena model not as an example of potential voter suppression, but a way to fight it. “One of our greatest challenges in protecting voters’ access to democracy this November is identifying accessible locations where citizens can safely vote in person,” she said. Amid COVID, that could outweigh potential logistical difficulties of large sites. Lines for such venues can still be long — just as with normal polling locations — as was seen in Lexington at some points on primary day. Voters also could face traffic jams or public transit hiccups given the number of people involved. General elections also have considerably larger turnout than primaries. Nonetheless, there’s a growing bipartisan push for large-venue voting. NFL executive Scott Pioli last week presented the National Association of Secretaries of State a plan for widespread use of professional and college sports facilities. James’ group is officially nonpartisan. But the NBA star has been open about its emphasis on the Black community, where Trump faces intense opposition for his white identity politics. James has not endorsed Biden, but he endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Bucks owners, the Lasry family, are major Democratic Party donors. Bucks executive Alex Lasry helped lead the effort that landed the Democratic National Convention in the city.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

PH secures P23-B yen loan from Japan for Covid response

THE Philippines secured from the Japanese government on Wednesday a 50-billion yen (P23.5 billion) loan that will be used for budgetary support in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa signed the agreement for the Covid-19 Crisis Response […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Private venues tapped for training, competition

Private venues will be tapped to hold training sessions, and possibly, competitions in athletics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Wallace, NASCAR s agent of change, doing what feels right

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Being an agent of change in NASCAR cuts both ways for Bubba Wallace. He is seen as a hero to some, particularly those who have longed for a Black driver to shake things up in a predominantly white sport. To others, the 26-year-old Wallace represents something else entirely and he has seen plenty of haters out on social media over his career. It has intensified in recent days. He has brushed them off, especially the ones accusing Wallace or his No. 43 team of being involved in a hoax, of somehow being behind the garage door pulldown rope fashioned as a noose that was found in their garage stall at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway last weekend. “You quickly realize,” Wallace said, “they don’t give a damn about you and I don’t give a damn about them.” It has been a remarkable and exhausting three weeks for Wallace since he helped spark NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues. That is seen as a sea change for the 72-year-old stock car series with its core Southern fan base, but then came the noose and a federal investigation that ultimately determined Wallace had not been the target of a hate crime. He’s been besieged with media requests and made the rounds on morning talk shows and chatted with late night hosts. Wallace even unified the sport when every one of the 40 teams on the grid lined up with Wallace and their series in an effort to show they do not and will not tolerate racism. The face of a movement is a tough haul for anyone, especially when he stands as the lone Black driver at the top level of NASCAR. “It’s just what I feel in my heart, what feels right,” Wallace said Friday. “I’m finally voicing my opinion on the tough subjects that a lot of people are afraid to touch on. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. I’ve done it and gotten in trouble and learned from it. People that know me, I’m 100% raw and real.” It’s part of his appeal, and why a small number of Black fans rushed the fence and cheered for Wallace after he finished 14th at Talladega. He wants more Black fans in NASCAR -- he said his social media following has exploded and scores of famous fans like LeBron James have offered support - and said he is ready to lead the charge. He would also like some of his newfound fame to lead to more sponsorship to fund the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports. He's not going to change his approach for them. “Ever since I’ve been speaking out, I haven’t been thinking about my sponsors,” Wallace said. “I’ve been thinking about me being a human being and standing up for what’s right. I would hope that sponsors would see that and back me up on that.” But he’s tired. His free time has been chewed up and life in the spotlight as a national newsmaker has him “wore the hell out" and there are two more races this weekend for a team that has been running well. “It’s not like I wanted to be in this position or asked to be in this position,” Wallace said. “It just kind of happened." He is grateful NASCAR released the photo of the rope; NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated “the noose was real,” though it remains unknown who tied it. Phelps said NASCAR determined the noose was not in place when the October 2019 race weekend began but was created at some point during that weekend. “We can’t say it was directed toward me, which is good,” Wallace said. “But somebody still knows how to tie a noose. Whether they did it as a bad joke or not, who knows? It was good for the public to see. It still won’t change some people’s minds of me being a hoax. But it is what it is.” He has received support from NASCAR friends and foes, like fellow driver Aric Almirola who started a text with “we’re not friends and we don’t act like we are” but was ready to stand next to Wallace as a brother. Wallace even had fun on the Talladega grid after drivers pushed his car to the front, joking, “I don’t like half you guys, but I appreciate all of you guys.” NASCAR is at Pocono Raceway this weekend for Cup Series races on Saturday and Sunday, just one more piece of a grueling schedule where all eyes are on Wallace. “Let’s get away from what happened at Talladega,” Wallace said. “Let me go out and have some good races, have some bad races, try and figure out what the hell we’re going to do to rebound from those bad races and get back to race car life.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

NCAA Season 96 opening depends on health crisis situation

The NCAA remains hopeful that it will be able to hold the shortened Season 96 in the early months of next year. However, Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, OP of season host Letran said that everything is still dependent on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The NCAA is hoping to open the season in March 2021 assuming that the government will allow athletes to resume training by November.   “It’s actually 12 to 14 weeks bago mo makuha ang kondisyon mo eh. We’re assuming as early as November based on available data or December. Kaya ang proposed po namin ay March (ang opening),” said Calvo on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum where he was joined by former ManComm chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano. “Ang assumption namin dyan kapag in-allow ang practice you count three months saka tayo mag-game. Ayaw naman naming i-sacrifice ang quality ng games,” Calvo added in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart. The NCAA announced earlier that only mandatory sports basketball, volleyball, swimming and track and field are the only events to be held in the coming season. But the league is not closing its doors to adding other sports including online chess and E-sports depending on the health situation in the coming months.       Calvo also mentioned that health and safety protocols will be observed once the season opens. The league is also considering holding closed-door games while the gyms from member schools will serve as game venues. The ManComm head added that they have different options regarding their plans and programs for the season but their main concern right now is to when they will be able to push through with the opening. “Hopeful naman tayo based dun sa mga reports na naririnig natin na the vaccine is coming on the way. Baka pagdating ng November, for example, pwede na mag-practice, by February pwede na tayo mag-NCAA,” said Calvo. “Depende pa rin naman sa decision ng ManCom then i-suggest naming sa Policy Board. Kasi yung safety issues importante rin yun.” Last March, the NCAA cancelled Season 95 affecting second semester sports volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. And with the country still trying to cope with the health crisis, the NCAA just like other leagues and sports events could only just hope for the situation to get better.   “Mahirap kasi kung tatanungin kami nu’ng definite answer (kung kailan ang opening) hindi kami makakapag-bigay ng ganoon,” said Calvo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020