Marathon in Cebu For Seag 2019

Marathon and judo in Cebu in 2019. That’s doable, don’t you think?

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - MIKE T. LIMPAG mike­limpag@gmail.com

In a pre­vi­ous col­umn, I wrote that Peping Co­juangco and his min­ions can have the 2019 South­east Asian Games to them­selves and leave Cebu out of it, but that stance all changed when Mary Joy Ta­bal won the coun­try’s first gold medal in this year’s edi­tion.

The run­ner who is barely five feet tall stood tallest on the day the SEA Games of­fi­cially opened as she crossed the fin­ish line teary-eyed.

I got to talk to her just hours af­ter she ar­rived and I got to ask the ques­tion I’ve al­ways wanted to ask but didn’t. “Na pres­sure ka Joy, no?” Ask­ing that ques­tion dur­ing her train­ing pro­gram wouldn’t have been wise as I knew it could add to her al­ready grow­ing pres­sure.

She ad­mit­ted that the pres­sure on her was tremen­dous--a sil­ver medal­ist in the 2015 edi­tion who got in­volved in an offfield drama not of her cre­ation.

But what is im­por­tant is that she de­liv­ered. She won the gold.

And what would make a fit­ting fol­low-up to that achieve­ment? A chance to de­fend her crown at home.

So should the Philippines push through with the host­ing of the 2019 SEA Games, why not have the marathon event in Cebu? Just imag­ine the home crowd that would come out for the Ce­buana. We could also host judo, an event that has Kiy­omi Watan­abe as the three-time de­fend­ing cham­pion in her weight class.

Watan­abe, like Ta­bal, has been giv­ing back to the Ce­bua- nos and has been in­volved in out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties she ini­ti­ated.

Marathon and judo in Cebu in 2019. That’s doable, don’t you think?

That is as­sum­ing we are push­ing through with the host­ing be­cause as early as now, it seems the host­ing gig is in peril due to dis­agree­ments over--sur­prise, sur­prise--money.

There was sup­posed to be a pre­sen­ta­tion in Kuala Lumpur but it was can­celed. Too ex­pen­sive I heard and I heard the POC wasn’t will­ing to shoul­der the money. Hmmm. I guess this sim­ply means the han­dling of the fi­nances of the 2019 should have an Olympic-level trans­parency and ev­ery sin­gle cen­tavo must be ac­counted for.

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