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Philippines Could Send ‘Token Delegation’ to SEA Games

29 January 2013

The Philippines is threatening to send only a “token delegation” to the Southeast Asia Games this year, following the decision by the event’s host Burma to cut five popular sports from the games, The Manila Times reports.  It quotes Philippine Sports Commission member Salvador Andrada, who said that Burma’s move to cut water polo, badminton, gymnastics, tennis and table tennis from the event “does not jibe with the spirit of the competition.” He added that Burma replaced the sports with Burmese disciplines like kempo, tarung derajat, vovinam and chinlone (cane ball), which the Filipino athletes are not familiar with.