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ARUM EYES DUBAI FIGHT FOR PACQUIAO NEXT YEAR


Manny Pacquiao. AP 
 Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum is planning to take his boxing promoting act to Dubai, and hopefully he’ll get Manny Pacquiao to fight in the rich emirate. Speaking to Allaam Ousman of Emirates 24/7, Arum said he has started talks with Dubai-based promotional firm Akbar Productions regarding the staging of a boxing event in the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city. If the fight card pushes through, Arum mulls bringing over Pacquiao to sit ringside. “Right now we are planning November event. Hopefully Manny will come to it as a guest. We will have three of four title fights on the same night. It will be a spectacular event,” the promoter said. Akbar Productions has reportedly expressed interest to host a Pacquiao fight in Dubai, and Arum is likewise keen on making it happen. “If it is successful we will look forward to doing a Pacquiao fight in Dubai next year,” Arum added. READ MORE...

ALSO Roach: Pacquiao good for 2 more fights


Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao and Justin Fortune pose in this file photo.
Freddie Roach doesn’t think Manny Pacquiao should retire yet. Pacquiao is expected to sit out the rest of the year after undergoing surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The Filipino icon aggravated the injury in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas a month ago. But Roach is confident that Pacquiao – who lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision – will be okay and forecasts him to return to the ring in nine months. “Manny’s doing fine, he’s on 30 days’ isolation, he can’t move his arm for 30 days,” the trainer told Michael Woods of ringtv.com during a press conference in New York for the bout between Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale this weekend. Roach happens to also train Cotto, whom Pacquiao knocked out in 2009. Pacquiao, for his part, is under contract with Top Rank until 2016, and he’s expected to honor that commitment. His promoter Bob Arum is reportedly mulling to bring his prized ward to Dubai next year for a showcase fight. Roach, meanwhile, believes Pacquiao is two fights away from retirement. “I think he’s got a couple fights left in him,” said Roach. – Dino Maragay THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO PHILSTAR Dean's Corner: Manny against all-time greats


By Joaquin M. Henson How would Manny Pacquiao have fared if he fought all-time greats like Alexis Arguello, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Pernell Whitaker, Rafael (Bazooka) Limon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Sugar Ray Leonard, Salvador Sanchez and Roger Mayweather? Richard Poche, a boxing scholar, recently came out with a study on fantasy bouts based on a computer simulation program pitting Pacquiao against 47 champions. The program is called Title Bout and rates fighters in categories like punching power, defense, boxing ability and susceptibility to knockdowns. Poche matched Pacquiao against fighters in their prime at the same weight division. The study is chronicled in a book entitled “Manny Pacquiao vs. The Modern Greats.” Poche has authored other boxing books and produced documentaries on the fight game so he has a track record to be proud of. Boza-Edwards and Roger Mayweather are both trainers in Floyd Mayweather’s Money Team so it was interesting how Poche speculated on what could’ve happened if they fought. Boza-Edwards was the same Ugandan who was knocked out by Rolando Navarrete to wrest the WBC superfeatherweight title in Viareggio, Italy, in 1981. In the computer simulation, Boza-Edwards took an early lead but was eventually overwhelmed by Pacquiao’s power. “His aggressive ways in round four get him caught with a left cross from Pacquiao,” wrote Poche. “Edwards arises on unsteady legs and the Filipino swarms all over him. A picture perfect right hook followed by a straight left down the pipe drops Edwards flat on his back where he is counted out at 2:22 of the round.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao shows up at House BBL hearing


Pacquiiao in the House: After about an hour, Pacquiao left the session hall and proceeded to the office of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. . . World boxing idol and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao yesterday showed up at the House of Representatives at the start of the voting on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, briefly providing a pleasant distraction from the heated discussions.
Pacquiao, who belongs to the 75-member ad hoc panel, arrived a few minutes after the committee convened. He wore a dark suit and an arm sling, due to recent surgery in the US on his injured right shoulder. On at least three occasions, Pacquiao voted on various motions on the voting rules in favor of the majority bloc. “He (Pacquiao) seems to be in favor of the BBL,” said Youth Against Corruption and Poverty party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, a close friend of the congressman. READ MORE...

ALSO: Philippines ready for 2019 SEAG hosting


COJUANGCO WELCOMES OFFER
SINGAPORE — Awaiting formalities, the Philippines is a cinch to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) after Brunei had backed out citing lack of preparations. A prominent sports official revealed Saturday that Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco welcomed the offer for another Philippine hosting of the 30th edition of the biennial meet following the overwhelming success of the SEA Games in Manila in 2005 where the Philippines was overall champion. In the event of its formal awarding to the Philippines, it would be the fourth time for the country to host the biennial meet after the 1981, 1991 and 2005 Games. Speaking on condition on anonymity, a source said Cojuangco was ‘elated over the trust and confidence given by the SEA Games Federation council’ and expressed readiness to prepare for the 11-nation tournament.
The source, however, added that they are not sure if Cojuangco will join the Philippine squad in this wealthy island nation as he is reportedly not in perfect physical condition to travel at the moment. The source said they will not be surprised if Cojuangco calls for a meeting soon after the Games to formally draft the official letter of intent for the hosting. The Philippines' hosting of the 30th SEA Games gained ground when the SEA Games Federation council, headed by Teo Chee Hean of Singapore, accepted the withdrawal of Brunei from hosting the Games in 209 due to lack of time and facility to stage such massive tournament in the executive council meeting Thursday.READ MORE...

ALSO: SEA Games Triathlete Claire Adorna bags Philippines' first gold


Lighting up the faces of the Philippines’ Claire Adorna and Kim Mangrobang are their smiles and their gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s triathlon on Saturday. RAFFY LERMA FROM THE INQUIRER  The Philippines tallied its first gold medal in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games when Ma. Claire Adorna bagged first place in women's triathlon on Saturday. Adorna clocked in at 2:13:08, slightly ahead of compatriot Marion Kim Mangrobang who finished at 2:14:26 to notch the silver medal. Thailand's Sanruthai Arunsiri, who won the bronze, was a good nine minutes behind Mangrobang. Meanwhile, Hermie Macaranas grabbed two bronze medals in canoeing, finishing behind Myanmar and Indonesia in men's C1-1000m and men's C2-1000m with Ojay Fuentes. The Philippines now has one gold, four silver, and three bronze medals to improve to fourth place behind host Singapore, Vietnam, and powerhouse Thailand. - JST, GMA News  THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Failed romance leads to SEA Games gold medal


ADORNA ---SINGAPORE — Claire Adorna got her first taste of riding a bike through an old flame. Little did she know that after their breakup, she will emerge with a Southeast Asian Games gold medal around her neck as a triathlon champion.
Adorna delivered a gem of a performance as she dominated the field to clinch the gold medal in the women's triathlon competition of the 28th SEA Games at the East Coast Park here. The 21-year old former swimming champion in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) cleared the course with an accumulated time of two hours and 13.08 minutes to pocket the country's first gold medal in this regional conclave. She logged an amazing 18 minutes and 45 seconds in swimming, one hour and 24.34 minutes in biking and 48.05 minutes in running to complete the feat, leaving compatriot Kim Mangrobang behind by a minute and 18 seconds and third-placer Sanrtuthai Arunsiri of Thailand by nine minutes.
And what made her victory sweeter was the fact that she competed with an ankle injury, so severe that it now needs an immediate surgery.READ MORE...

ALSO: From swim champ to triathlete queen


CLAIRE Adorna celebrates at the finish. RAFFY LERMA
SINGAPORE—Disillusioned by the politics hounding swimming, Claire Adorna moved from the confines of the pool to find success in triathlon. The former Palarong Pambansa swim champion proved that she made the right choice Saturday by pocketing the first gold medal of the Philippines in women’s triathlon at the 28th Southeast Asian Games here. “There’s politics in swimming,” said Adorna, a former UAAP swim champion from the University of the Philippines. “I won’t be here if I continued in that sport.”  She was referring to the rift between the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association of Mark Joseph and the Philippine Swimming League of Susan Papa, where Adorna belonged. The shift began when the 21-year-old from Marikina City started riding a bike. “Two years ago, I had a boyfriend who lent me his bike. My friends then told me why not give triathlon a chance,” said Adorna. THE FULL REPORT.


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Arum eyes Dubai fight for Pacquiao next year


Manny Pacquiao. AP

MANILA, JUNE 8, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay June 2, 2015 -  Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum is planning to take his boxing promoting act to Dubai, and hopefully he’ll get Manny Pacquiao to fight in the rich emirate.

Speaking to Allaam Ousman of Emirates 24/7, Arum said he has started talks with Dubai-based promotional firm Akbar Productions regarding the staging of a boxing event in the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city.

If the fight card pushes through, Arum mulls bringing over Pacquiao to sit ringside.

“Right now we are planning November event. Hopefully Manny will come to it as a guest. We will have three of four title fights on the same night. It will be a spectacular event,” the promoter said.

Akbar Productions has reportedly expressed interest to host a Pacquiao fight in Dubai, and Arum is likewise keen on making it happen.

“If it is successful we will look forward to doing a Pacquiao fight in Dubai next year,” Arum added.

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Pacquiao will sit out the rest of the year to let his shoulder injury heal. He is expected to fight twice more next year after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest bout in Las Vegas last month.

The Filipino icon is no stranger to fighting outside the United States, having seen action in Macau twice – against Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri.

Arum, for his part, confirmed Pacquiao’s interest in bringing his act to Dubai.

"Manny is also an adventurer. I proposed to him to fight in Macau. He was very taken with it. Both (fights) were very successful. He has always talked to me about fighting in Dubai. He always talked to me about it. He had visited Dubai,” said Arum.

In Dubai, Pacquiao could take on Amir Khan, who outpointed Algieri last Saturday in New York. The British fighter is also someone who has caught the attention of Akbar Productions.

And with the huge Filipino population in Dubai, Arum believes a Pacquiao fight will be massive over there.

“You got to understand so many Filipinos work in that area, so he feels at home being over there," he added.


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Roach: Pacquiao good for 2 more fights (philstar.com) | Updated June 3, 2015 - 2:22pm


Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao and Justin Fortune pose in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach doesn’t think Manny Pacquiao should retire yet.

Pacquiao is expected to sit out the rest of the year after undergoing surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The Filipino icon aggravated the injury in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas a month ago.

But Roach is confident that Pacquiao – who lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision – will be okay and forecasts him to return to the ring in nine months.

“Manny’s doing fine, he’s on 30 days’ isolation, he can’t move his arm for 30 days,” the trainer told Michael Woods of ringtv.com during a press conference in New York for the bout between Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale this weekend.

Roach happens to also train Cotto, whom Pacquiao knocked out in 2009.

Pacquiao, for his part, is under contract with Top Rank until 2016, and he’s expected to honor that commitment. His promoter Bob Arum is reportedly mulling to bring his prized ward to Dubai next year for a showcase fight.

Roach, meanwhile, believes Pacquiao is two fights away from retirement.

“I think he’s got a couple fights left in him,” said Roach. – Dino Maragay


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Manny against all-time greats SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 7, 2015 - 12:00am


THE DEAN "Quinito" WITH Manny

How would Manny Pacquiao have fared if he fought all-time greats like Alexis Arguello, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Pernell Whitaker, Rafael (Bazooka) Limon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Sugar Ray Leonard, Salvador Sanchez and Roger Mayweather?

Richard Poche, a boxing scholar, recently came out with a study on fantasy bouts based on a computer simulation program pitting Pacquiao against 47 champions.

The program is called Title Bout and rates fighters in categories like punching power, defense, boxing ability and susceptibility to knockdowns. Poche matched Pacquiao against fighters in their prime at the same weight division.

The study is chronicled in a book entitled “Manny Pacquiao vs. The Modern Greats.” Poche has authored other boxing books and produced documentaries on the fight game so he has a track record to be proud of.

Boza-Edwards and Roger Mayweather are both trainers in Floyd Mayweather’s Money Team so it was interesting how Poche speculated on what could’ve happened if they fought. Boza-Edwards was the same Ugandan who was knocked out by Rolando Navarrete to wrest the WBC superfeatherweight title in Viareggio, Italy, in 1981.


Floyd's uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather in 2010 Rated at Junior welterweight Boxing record = Total fights 72 Wins 59 Wins by KO 35 Losses 13 Draws 0 No contests 0 1980-1990

In the computer simulation, Boza-Edwards took an early lead but was eventually overwhelmed by Pacquiao’s power.

“His aggressive ways in round four get him caught with a left cross from Pacquiao,” wrote Poche. “Edwards arises on unsteady legs and the Filipino swarms all over him. A picture perfect right hook followed by a straight left down the pipe drops Edwards flat on his back where he is counted out at 2:22 of the round.”

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Roger Mayweather, who was nicknamed the Black Mamba long before Kobe Bryant took the nom de guerre, wasn’t given much of a chance in the computer simulation. “Mayweather’s chin issues manifest themselves early on here,” said Poche.

“Pacquiao probes and paws with the right jab while Mayweather pursues. He rocks Manny with a right but is met with a crushing right hook coming in. Mayweather barely beats the count and arises on wobbly legs on the count of nine. The ref looks into his eyes and waves this one off at 2:32 of the round. Pacquiao wins by a first round KO.”

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Poche was more generous in his assessment as he gave Mayweather until the eighth round before losing by knockout. “Pacquiao would dart in and out and score a sudden knockdown in the middle rounds,” said Poche in his own evaluation.

“It would set the tone for the rest of the fight as Mayweather would go into a defensive shell and try to survive. He would be hurt by Pac’s power but succumb to his speed as Pacquiao wins by an eighth round knockout.”

Poche also matched Pacquiao against Limon who dethroned Navarrete and later lost to the Bad Boy from Dadiangas on points in a rematch at the Araneta Coliseum. Both the computer simulation and Poche saw Pacquiao stopping the Mexican in the 10th round.

Other champions whom Pacquiao knocked out in the computer simulation were Meldrick Taylor, Kostya Tszyu, Arguello, Barry McGuigan, Whitaker, Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini, Aaron Pryor and Wilfredo Gomez.

The computer simulation had Pacquiao beating Edwin Valero, Antonio (Kid Pambele) Cervantes, Greg Haugen, Vinny Pazienza, Wilfred Benitez, Carlos Palomino and Jeff Fenech on points.

In 2000, Fenech was in Nedal Hussein’s corner when the Australian faced Pacquiao at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Hussein dropped Pacquiao in the fourth round and Fenech protested referee Sonny Padilla apparently stalling to allow the Filipino time to clear the cobwebs in his head. Pacquiao recovered to halt Hussein in the 10th round with Fenech frothing in the mouth.

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Poche disagreed with the computer simulation in the outcome of several fights. For instance, Poche picked Pacquiao to beat Nelson by a unanimous decision but the computer simulation chose Nelson winning by a seventh round knockout.

The computer simulation selected Eusebio Pedroza beating Pacquiao by a unanimous decision but Poche picked Pacquiao the winner by a majority decision.

The computer simulation called it a majority draw between Pacquiao and Naseem Hamed but Poche saw Pacquiao scoring a sixth round stoppage. Poche picked Pacquiao to beat Bobby Chacon by decision but the computer simulation found Chacon stopping Pacquiao in five rounds.

The computer simulation had Hector (Macho) Camacho beating Pacquiao by unanimous decision but Poche saw it the reverse. The computer simulation also chose Jimmy Paul knocking out Pacquiao in two but Poche chose Pacquiao winning on points.

Poche picked Pacquiao to beat Don Curry by decision but the computer simulation chose Curry to win on points. The computer simulation picked Jose Napoles to knock out Pacquiao in nine but Poche chose Pacquiao to score a seventh round disposal.

The champions whom the computer simulation and Poche both chose to beat Pacquiao were Julio Cesar Chavez, Duran, Hearns, Sanchez, Leonard and Felix Trinidad. Poche and the computer simulation had opposing takes on Pacquiao fighting Floyd Mayweather.

The simulation saw Pacquiao winning by a split decision while Poche picked Mayweather by a unanimous decision, claiming nine of 12 rounds.

Poche proved to be quite a soothsayer in his pre-fight narrative: “Mayweather would be all wrong for Pacquiao. He has every bit the boxing ability of the prime Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez and is exponentially quicker. His own foot movement negates a lot of what Pacquiao does to create angles. He’d fight the smart fight and limit the exchanges to an occasional potshot. If Pacquiao does land cleanly, it will be in the early going. Mayweather would adjust to Pacquiao’s ambushes and would be able to evade the Pacman’s right-lefts by backpedalling at just the right time.”

For Poche to write a book on Pacquiao matched against the all-time greats is a testament to the Filipino ring icon’s impact on the sport. Despite his loss to Mayweather last month, Pacquiao will forever be revered as a people’s champion and an inspiration to anyone striving for a better life.


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Pacquiao shows up at BBL hearing Philippine StarBy By Paolo Romero | Philippine Star – Tue, May 19, 2015..


Pacquiiao in the House: After about an hour, Pacquiao left the session hall and proceeded to the office of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

. . World boxing idol and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao yesterday showed up at the House of Representatives at the start of the voting on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, briefly providing a pleasant distraction from the heated discussions.

Pacquiao, who belongs to the 75-member ad hoc panel, arrived a few minutes after the committee convened. He wore a dark suit and an arm sling, due to recent surgery in the US on his injured right shoulder.

On at least three occasions, Pacquiao voted on various motions on the voting rules in favor of the majority bloc.

“He (Pacquiao) seems to be in favor of the BBL,” said Youth Against Corruption and Poverty party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, a close friend of the congressman.

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Lopez, a member of the opposition, was seen playfully trying to stop Pacquiao from voting with the majority bloc.

While some of his colleagues were engaged in heated discussions on some provisions of the voting procedures and the BBL, Pacquiao allowed some lawmakers and visitors to take pictures and selfies with him in the committee room.

Pacquiao also briefly greeted and shook hands with some observers of the proceedings, including those from Mindanao.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the ad hoc panel, welcomed Pacquiao’s attendance and called him a “hero of the Filipino people.”

After about an hour, Pacquiao left the session hall and proceeded to the office of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Lopez said Pacquiao is bent on focusing on his legislative duties.

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Pacquiao asks House Speaker: Make me chairman of OFW affairs committee By SHERRIE ANN TORRES,GMA News May 18, 2015 5:48pm

Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao met with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Monday afternoon to ask for the chairmanship of the House committee on overseas workers affairs.

The post for the 35-man panel was vacated by former Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello, who resigned from his post several months ago.

Pacquiao, now on his second term, is the committee’s senior vice chairman.

Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson and Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento accompanied Pacquiao to the closed door meeting.

House sources said it was Sarmiento who arranged the meeting upon the request of Pacquiao, who is reportedly "so keen" in getting the panel chairmanship.

In an interview with GMA News, Pacquiao said he wants to get the committee chairmanship so he can maximize his assistance to the overseas Filipino workers community.

Emerging from the meeting, Pacquiao said the matter is now up to Speaker Belmonte. “Nasa kanyang (Belmonte) desisyon iyon. Sinabi ko naman sa kanyang interesado ako. I believe na malaki ang maitulong ko pag nandiyan ako. Makatulong sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

Should he succeed in getting the post, he will immediately convene the committee and look into the situation of OFWs in various parts of the world, Pacquiao said.

He also plans to visit Mary Jane Veloso who is facing the death penalty in an Indonesian jail for drug trafficking.

“I think makakatulong ako nang malaki pag nandiyan tayo, pag binisita ko sila doon,” Pacquiao said.

Lack of experience

However, former committte chairman Bello belittled Pacquiao’s capability to head the committee.

Bello said aside from the boxer's poor attendance, the Saranggani lawmaker lacks experience to lead the committee.

But Pacquiao argued that he can lead the committee. “Kung experience lang ang pag-uusapan siguro, hindi naman siguro tayo behind diyan, especially pagdating sa mga OFW,” he said.

In a text message to GMA News, Bello suggested the appointment of any of the following congressmen: Congressman Wesley Gatchalian (Alay Buhay), Roy Seneres (OFW Party), Batangas Rep. Raymond Mendoza, and Luzviminda Ilagan (Gabriela).

According to Pacquiao, Belmonte said he "will consider” the Saranggani solon’s request. In a text message to GMA News, meanwhile, Belmonte said there are “many candidates for the chairmanship.”

He did not say if Pacquiao is among those being considered for the post. - JJ/JST, GMA News


TRIBUNE

Philippines ready for 2019 SEAG hosting Written by Julius Manicad
Sunday, 07 June 2015 00:00

COJUANGCO WELCOMES OFFER

SINGAPORE — Awaiting formalities, the Philippines is a cinch to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) after Brunei had backed out citing lack of preparations.

A prominent sports official revealed Saturday that Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco welcomed the offer for another Philippine hosting of the 30th edition of the biennial meet following the overwhelming success of the SEA Games in Manila in 2005 where the Philippines was overall champion.

In the event of its formal awarding to the Philippines, it would be the fourth time for the country to host the biennial meet after the 1981, 1991 and 2005 Games.

Speaking on condition on anonymity, a source said Cojuangco was ‘elated over the trust and confidence given by the SEA Games Federation council’ and expressed readiness to prepare for the 11-nation tournament.

The source, however, added that they are not sure if Cojuangco will join the Philippine squad in this wealthy island nation as he is reportedly not in perfect physical condition to travel at the moment.

The source said they will not be surprised if Cojuangco calls for a meeting soon after the Games to formally draft the official letter of intent for the hosting.

The Philippines' hosting of the 30th SEA Games gained ground when the SEA Games Federation council, headed by Teo Chee Hean of Singapore, accepted the withdrawal of Brunei from hosting the Games in 209 due to lack of time and facility to stage such massive tournament in the executive council meeting Thursday.

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With that, the SEA Games Federation council asked the Philippines, represented by POC secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and POC chairman Tom Carrasco and POC vice-presidents Joey Romasanta and Jeff Tamayo, if it could step in and take Brunei's hosting responsibilty.

Hontiveros reportedly said they are very much interested, but first, they have to seek Cojuangco's approval.

"Mr. Cojuangco is very happy over the trust and confidence given to us," the source said. "They already texted him and he said we're ready for the challenge. We won't be surprised if he calls for a meeting one of these days, or as soon as this SEA Games is over."

"If ever, 2019 will be a very big year for Philippine sports. We'll have the SEA Games and possibly the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) World Cup. It will be a very exciting challenge."

Tamayo and Carrasco confirmed the source's claim.

Although hosting the Games will be very challenging due to the country's limited facilities and infrastructures, Tamayo said they could utilize the newly-built Philippine Arena as well as other satellite venues similar to the 2005 program when the Philippine Southeast Asian Games

Organizing Committee staged events in provincial venues like Bacolod, Cebu, Laguna and Subic.
"Madami naman paraan kung gugustuhin natin," Tamayo said. "Kung kinaya natin dati, wala akong nakikitang dahilan kung bakit hindi natin kakayanin ngayon."

Carrasco agreed with Tamayo, but said the coming presidential elections in 2016 would play into consideration.

"Eleksyon na next year, hindi natin alam ang gobyerno. Pero buti na din yung naka-reserve sa atin ang hosting," he said. "Pero nag-usap na din kami ni Mr. Tamayo and we agreed to start informally para kung biglang magpatawag ng meeting si Cong (Cojuangco) ready na kami."


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SEA Games Triathlete Claire Adorna bags Philippines' first gold By MARISSE PANALIGAN,GMA News June 6, 2015 12:39pm 3265 115 1 3947


Lighting up the faces of the Philippines’ Claire Adorna and Kim Mangrobang are their smiles and their gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s triathlon on Saturday. RAFFY LERMA FROM THE INQUIRER

The Philippines tallied its first gold medal in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games when Ma. Claire Adorna bagged first place in women's triathlon on Saturday.

Adorna clocked in at 2:13:08, slightly ahead of compatriot Marion Kim Mangrobang who finished at 2:14:26 to notch the silver medal.

Thailand's Sanruthai Arunsiri, who won the bronze, was a good nine minutes behind Mangrobang.

Meanwhile, Hermie Macaranas grabbed two bronze medals in canoeing, finishing behind Myanmar and Indonesia in men's C1-1000m and men's C2-1000m with Ojay Fuentes.

The Philippines now has one gold, four silver, and three bronze medals to improve to fourth place behind host Singapore, Vietnam, and powerhouse Thailand. - JST, GMA News


TRIBUNE

Failed romance leads to SEA Games gold medal Written by Julius Manicad Sunday, 07 June 2015 00:00

SINGAPORE — Claire Adorna got her first taste of riding a bike through an old flame.
Little did she know that after their breakup, she will emerge with a Southeast Asian Games gold medal around her neck as a triathlon champion.

Adorna delivered a gem of a performance as she dominated the field to clinch the gold medal in the women's triathlon competition of the 28th SEA Games at the East Coast Park here.

The 21-year old former swimming champion in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) cleared the course with an accumulated time of two hours and 13.08 minutes to pocket the country's first gold medal in this regional conclave.

She logged an amazing 18 minutes and 45 seconds in swimming, one hour and 24.34 minutes in biking and 48.05 minutes in running to complete the feat, leaving compatriot Kim Mangrobang behind by a minute and 18 seconds and third-placer Sanrtuthai Arunsiri of Thailand by nine minutes.

And what made her victory sweeter was the fact that she competed with an ankle injury, so severe that it now needs an immediate surgery.

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"Injured ako, pinipilit ko na lang lumaban para sa bayan," said the teary-eyed Adorna.

"May ankle injury ako. Dapat may surgery na ako pero pinilit ko pa din makasali dito. Punit na po yung tendon ko sa ankle at kailangan nang palitan pero pinilit ko pa din lumaban dito."

Billed as a good swimmer, but just an average biker and runner, Adorna easily gained enough momentum in the 1.5-kilometer open water swim despite miscalculating the route.

Then, Mangrobang took over in the 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run where she guarded noted Singaporean Lin Zhiyun — a well-known runner.

With Mangrobang watching Adorna's back, Lin ran out of steam and bowed out of the race in the final stretch of the running event.

"I know Claire doesn't run that good, so I know I have to help her. Kailangan ko syang palayuin para yung mga kalaban sa likod hindi na sya mahabol," said Mangrobang, who finished ninth in the Incheon Asian Games last year.

But more than anything, Adorna credits her win to a former boyfriend who allowed her to use his bike.

"Nag-try lang po ako kasi pinahiram ako ng boyfriend ko ng bike," she said. "Ex-boyfriend ko na po sya, so wag na po natin pag-usapan... bago na po ang boyfriend ko. But he was a big part of my triathlon career."

Too bad, that guy is no longer around to see her success.


INQUIRER

From swim champ to triathlete queen June Navarro @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:17 AM | Sunday, June 7th, 2015


CLAIRE Adorna celebrates at the finish. RAFFY LERMA

SINGAPORE—Disillusioned by the politics hounding swimming, Claire Adorna moved from the confines of the pool to find success in triathlon.

The former Palarong Pambansa swim champion proved that she made the right choice Saturday by pocketing the first gold medal of the Philippines in women’s triathlon at the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.

“There’s politics in swimming,” said Adorna, a former UAAP swim champion from the University of the Philippines. “I won’t be here if I continued in that sport.”

She was referring to the rift between the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association of Mark Joseph and the Philippine Swimming League of Susan Papa, where Adorna belonged.

The shift began when the 21-year-old from Marikina City started riding a bike.

“Two years ago, I had a boyfriend who lent me his bike. My friends then told me why not give triathlon a chance,” said Adorna.


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