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Filipino Sports Chief Urges SEA Games Boycott

29 May 2013

The head of the Philippine Sports Commission, Richie Garcia, said he will not be attending this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Burma because of the host’s efforts to rig the event in favor of its own athletes. According to a report in the Philippine Star, Garcia noted that Burma had eliminated several sports that commonly feature in major international competitions and replaced them with local martial arts that are little known outside of Burma. “Of the 36 events which the Filipinos won in the last SEA Games, 16 will not be played in Myanmar,” the report said.