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Nanisi pa! Cayetano’s PHISGOC blames hotel over accommodation mess of Cambodia U-22 football team

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The Philippine Southeast Asian Game Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has blamed the current policy of a prominent hotel in Metro Manila why a group of Cambodian athletes competing in 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) suffered inconvenience on their accommodation.

In a statement released by the Office of the House Speaker, the PHISGOC chaired by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the reason why members of Cambodia’s U-22 football team where not immediately accommodated to their designated hotel was due to the establishment’s existing check-in policy.

“Their hotel rooms were not yet available because the standard check-in time is 2 p.m.,” the the statement read.

PHISGOC also said instead of the arrival time initially relayed to PHISGOC, members of the Cambodia U-22 “arrived at 4 a.m.” of November 23.

PHISGOC somehow also blamed the Cambodia U-22 since “their change in arrival details was relayed late” to the agency’s Games Services Department Transportation.

The PHISGOC said it requested that the team be allowed to wait at an air-conditioned private hotel conference room with tables and chairs where the members could rest and feel comfortable while waiting for their rooms.

Cayetano’s PHISGOC on Sunday already issued an apology for series of accommodation mishaps suffered different groups of athletes Southeast Asian Athletes that will compete in the SEAG starting on November 30.

Aside from Cambodia, football teams of Myanmar and Timor-Leste also experiences shabby welcome from Philippines’ hosting of SEAG.

“We sincerely apologize to our athlete guests from Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Cambodia for the inconvenience caused to them by the confusion regarding their transportation and hotel arrangements,” the statement read.

“The incident with the two teams remain a constant reminder for us as organizers to be more diligent. We owe it to our guests and our countrymen.”

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