Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez plans to bring some games of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games to Cebu, and he wants the more popular events that could entice people.
Fernandez said that aside from ice hockey, he will try to have Cebu host basketball, football or even volleyball when the country hosts the SEAG anew in 2019.
“Ice hockey is one. But we'll see if we can have the more popular games in Cebu -- basketball, volleyball, football or even track and field,” Fernandez said.
The Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City would be a good venue for both basketball and indoor volleyball and the Cebu City Sports Center can host the football and track and field competitions.
Beach volleyball can be accommodated at the sand courts at the Fort San Pedro or at the Aznar Coliseum.
The four-time PBA MVP and all-time leading scorer of the pay-for-play league is still trying to settle things in his office that will be set up in Cebu City in the coming days.
“I am still trying to set everything up, like the other commissioners, we're still trying to feel our way inside (PSC). For one, I'm seeking the permission from Michael Diño if I can have my office at the Malacañang sa Sugbo. Then my staff and my consultants. But for sure, since the President wants to have the Sea Games outside of Manila, then there will be events in Cebu,” Fernandez said.
In 2005, Cebu became one of the hubs of the biennial regional sports competition. It hosed the karatedo, judo, dancesport, mountain bike, sepak takraw and pencak silat competitions.
Bacolod hosted boxing, weightlifting, beach volleyball, volleyball and men's football.
Fernandez said he will focus on the team sports, the Philippine National Games and to bring sports development to Visayas.
“I am assigned to see the development of the team sports and PNG. And to bring sports development to the countryside,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez is also looking at the people who can help him in his task to “change the game.”
He will be naming soon the people who are going to be his legal, medical and regional consultants.*PNA
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