SEA Games: SBP leader not dropping desire


MANILA, Philippines – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is not losing wish that basketball competitions inside the 30th Southeast Asian Games could be staged in a venue that could accommodate more fanatics. Al Panlilio, SBP president, stays optimistic that organizers of this 12 months’s SEA Games will find a way to give the basketball games the manner they ought to be. Or at the least the video games featuring the house crew. “The SBP is hoping all the Gilas Pilipinas games are in a bigger venue. Other games can live at Filoil,” Panlilio told The STAR Friday. Panlilio issued the response after Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) government director Ramon Suzara said negotiations with the Smart Araneta Coliseum and Mall of Asia Arena to host the games have slowed down. Suzara stated Phisgoc attempted everything but didn’t comfortable either of the 2 venues with a minimal seating ability of 15,000. The Filoil Center can handiest accommodate 5,500 fans at maximum. But a completely reliable supply advised The STAR Friday that the MOA Arena is returned at the negotiating table, and a deal may want to still be reached. Sports officials are maintaining their palms crossed that basketball video games in the SEA Games are held in a bigger, fan-pleasant venue. Suzara introduced ultimate Thursday that because of different commitments, the Smart Araneta Coliseum and MOA Arena couldn’t commit to website hosting the SEA Games.


“They couldn’t provide us the complete dates,” said Suzara. He did now not say, however, if either venue could don’t forget website hosting the video games as soon as it receives to the semis or the finals. Suzara, who helped create the grasp plan for the SEA Games website hosting, stated Phisgoc opened talks with both the Araneta Coliseum and MOA Arena as early as May final yr. But it regarded that the 2 giant venues have had prior commitments, forcing Phisgoc to search for an alternate venue — in this case the Filoil Center in San Juan.