POC to pick new SEAG mission chief
First Posted 02:11:59 14/05/2011
Filed Under: Sports, POC, SEA Games, PSC, Chito Loyzaga, Joey Romanasanta, Richie Garcia, Jose Peping Cojuangco
MANILA---The Philippine Olympic Committee will appoint a new chef de mission for the Southeast Asian Games after Chito Loyzaga assumed a dual role at the Philippine Sports Commission.
POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta said Olympic chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. will confer with PSC chair
Richie Garcia before naming Loyzaga’s replacement.
Garcia, the PH head of delegation in the ongoing Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia, will be back next week. Loyzaga, one of four PSC commissioners, was also designated executive director after Dina Bernardo reportedly stepped down from the post. Romasanta said the new chef de mission will also come from the PSC by virtue of a partnership agreement between the Olympic body and the agency. Cojuangco installed two CDMs for the 26th SEA Games on Nov. 11 to 25 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, with canoe-kayak president Sim Chi Tat representing the POC and Loyzaga the PSC. “It’s a heavy work load if you’re the CDM, a commissioner, and ED all at the same time,” said Romasanta, the country’s chef de mission in the Guangzhou Asian Games last year. Romasanta said the CDM normally has his hands full during the final months prior to the SEA Games, where Team Philippines is planning to send as many as 800 athletes, potentially the largest PH contingent to date. “There’s nothing definite and official at this point,” said Loyzaga. “I haven’t talked to the chair (Garcia), so there’ll be no major changes until he comes back.”
A total of 562 gold medals in 44 sports are at stake in the 11-nation meet, making it the biggest in SEA Games history.