THE Cebu City Sports Commission is willing to take another crack at hosting some events when the biennial Southeast Asian Games (Seag) return to the country in 2019.
CCSC Chairman Edward Hayco expressed willingness to have a few games here in Cebu City, just like in 2005, when Cebu became one of the satellite venues of the competition.
The effort was a concerted undertaking with Mandaue City and Danao City.
“Yes, I would love to take that challenge, and I believe we can handle that,” Hayco told Sun.Star Cebu.
However, CCSC won’t be aggressive in seeking co-hosting rights for the event.
“We are willing, but only if PSC will offer it to us. We won’t make the first move because it would be a tough job, but we are ready if ever co-hosting will be given to us,” Hayco added.
In 2005, when the CCSC was under the leadership of Jonathan Guardo, Cebu hosted six events–dancesports at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, pencak silat at the Cebu Coliseum, karatedo and judo at the Mandaue Sports and Cultural Complex, sepak takraw at the University of San Carlos gym and mountainbike competition in Danao City.
The Philippines went on to win the overall title in 2005 Sea Games, collecting 113 gold medals, 84 silvers and 94 bronzes.
“If given the chance, dancesports is the top priority because the Cebu City grassroots program started with dancesports. And, possibly, other sports that can inspire our current grassroots program, like weightlifting, archery, table tennis, badminton, chess, muay thai, boxing, taekwondo or even air rifle shooting,” Hayco elaborated.
The Philippine Olympic Committee began the preparation this early, starting with the convention of the organizing committee, which will be tasked to name the sports discipline to be competed and identify some venues.
Among the areas that were named were the Mall of Asia Arena, the Iglesia Ni Cristo-owned Philippine Sports Stadium, which houses a football and track oval, and Philippines Arena at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The Philippines got the hosting job after Brunei-Darussalam pulled out from hosting the event, for financial and logistics reasons.
The Philippines’ turn was supposed to be in 2025 yet.