THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) agreed on Monday to create a permanent joint committee tasked to oversee the country’s

preparations for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhuo, China.

Asian Games chief of delegation Joey Romasanta said the joint committee, which will be composed of three personel each from both the PSC and the POC, is not only for the Asiad in November but also for all other international competitions the country will join in the future.

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“What we want is to create a group not only for one event, but a more permanent joint committee, which will oversee the preparations for all other international tournaments the Philippines will join in the future,” Romasanta added after a meeting with new PSC chairman Richie Garcia.

Romasanta mentioned accountant Merly Ibay (finance), Boy Dinglasan (transportation) and commissioner Chito Loyzaga as representatives of the PSC, while Romasanta, Moying Martelino and Dr. Benjamin Espiritu of Far Eastern University will be representing the POC side.

Budget

Romasanta added until now they have not finalized the budget for the Asian Games because they have not named the athletes who will compete in the Asiad.

“We still cannot make an estimate for the total budget (for the Asian Games) because we still have to finalize the composition of Team Philippines. Until the final list is determined, that is the only time we can make an actual costing,” added Romasanta.

Romasanta said that with only four monthts left before the competition, they are putting a strict deadline to all national sports associations to submit their final lists of athletes.

The list will still need the approval of the POC executive committee headed by Jose Cojuangco before it will be submitted to the Asian Games organizing committee in September.