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Cayetano: Other SEA countries not offended by ‘best SEA Games organizer’ award for PH

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House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said none of the 10 other Southeast Asian countries objected to the award he received as chair of Phisgoc for “Best SEA Games Organizer” from the Sports Industry Awards Asia (SPIA Asia) on Tuesday.

The Taguig lawmaker denied reports that his own camp was behind the award.

“So, and by the way, hindi na-ooffend ‘yung sampung ibang bansa, kasi ang bawat bansa, let’s say Vietnam, ang tinatarget na ng Vietnam ngayon, how to have a better hosting than us,” Cayetano said.

“Then sino man ang nasa 2023, better hosting naman ng Vietnam. That’s just the way it is,” he said.

He claimed that the Philippines’ hosting of the 2019 SEA Games was the first time that the regional sports meet reached Asian Games standards.

“Parang Olympics. Bawat Olympics, so, Tokyo ngayon, want it to be better than the last Olympics. At hindi kinakasama ‘yun. ‘Yun nga lang, na-chachallenge ‘yung iba, kasi nga,” Cayetano said.

SPIA Asia awarded Phisgoc as the Best SEA Games organizer last Tuesday.

Cayetano received the award from SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk at a ceremony in a Metro Manila hotel.

SPIA Asia described itself as “Asia’s leading sports business conference and awards platform,” according to its website. It is organized by MMC Sportz, a sports marketing agency with offices in Manila and Dubai.

The group made no secret of its ties to Phisgoc and Cayetano on its website. A screenshot of a web page showed that the SPIA Asia-Asia Sports Industry Awards and Conference is endorsed and supported by Phisgoc and the Tourism Promotions Board, an agency attached to the Department of Tourism.

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