Medalists to get money back plus incentives

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — National sports associations that will shoulder their own trip to the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games set May 12-23 will get their money back if they could bring home a medal of any color.

Plus incentives.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino said there are 80 athletes from football, table tennis, archery, badminton, tennis, gymnastics, e-sports, pencak silat and bowling appealing and hoping to vie in the Games at their own expense.

They were the ones affected by the POC decision to trim down the national team roster to 584 athletes from 627 due to budgetary reasons.

A medal finish though would earn them a reimbursement from the Philippine Sports Commission plus incentives worth P300,000 for a gold, P150,000 for a silver and P60,000 for bronze as mandated by law.

The POC and the PSC are seeking contingency fund from the Department of Budget and Management since the remaining SEA Games budget of P121 million will not be enough to bankroll the country’s campaign.


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