Asian awards body SPIA honors Philippines as Best SEA Games organizer

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The 30th SEA Games had its first-ever indoor opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena. Credits to 2019 SEA Games.

The Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia, the region’s leading sports business conference and awards platform, has praised the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines as the best edition of the biennial meet.

During SPIA Asia’s awards event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Tuesday night, SPIA chief executive officer Eric Gottschalk noted how the country is staging the biggest SEA Games with a record 56 sports comprising 530 events.

“These are by far the best Southeast Asian Games so far ever and that has been awarded by SPIA Asia to PhisGoc, so, congratulations!” said the SPIA chief official after handing a trophy to Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chairman Alan Peter Cayetano who was cited for his contributions in the sports industry.

Phisgoc chief operating officer Ramon Suzara was also present at the SPIA Asia event which celebrates the achievements of the Asian sports industry.

Suzara expressed his gratitude to the SPIA and stressed that the recognition will inspire the Phisgoc workforce to work harder and do better in the remaining days of the biennial meet.

For the fourth time, the Philippines is hosting the 30th edition of SEA Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. It also hosted the 1981, 1991 and 2005 editions.

The long wait was worth it as the Philippines was given another opportunity to prove itself not just as a worthy host of the biennial games but also as a sports powerhouse in the region.

This citation will surely boost the confidence of the country in hosting larger international sporting events.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), impressed with the New Clark City sports facilities and the indoor Philippine Arena, is encouraging the Philippines to bid for the hosting of the Asian Games in 2030. The last time the country hosted the region’s biggest sporting spectacle was way back in 1954.

The 30th SEA Games hosting has stepped up and ridden on the Pinoy Bayanihan spirit with sports federations, private sectors, and individuals joining government agencies like the Department of Tourism, to combine efforts in welcoming and attending to thousands of guest athletes competing at the 2019 SEA Games.

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