Once again, the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th SEA Games has earned the respect and commendation of the international sports community. Yesterday, the Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia recognized the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) for its achievements in hosting what they are calling the best SEA Games in the history of the sporting event.
SPIA cited the achievements of PHISGOC in organizing the biggest iteration of the SEA Games ever as the key reason behind the award. This year’s edition features an ambitious 56 sports and 530 events over 11 days of athletic competition.
The awarding took place during a conference organized by SPIA Asia in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk personally handed the award to PHISGOC Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and PHISGOC Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara during the ceremony. Joining them were Rep. Abraham Tolentino (POC Chair), International Football Legend Ronaldo Nazario and USA Track and Field Olympian Dr. Edwin Moses.
During PHISGOC’s acceptance of the award, COO Suzara expressed his gratitude to the SPIA and stressed that PHISGOC would use the award to further fuel their team to work harder for the remaining days of the SEA Games.
The Games, which opened with a spectacular ceremony on November 30, will run until December 11. The Opening Ceremonies were attended by thousands of sports fans and the live stream was viewed by hundreds of thousands more.
The 2019 SEA Games are the first to be hosted by the Philippines in 14 years. The long wait has paid off for Filipino athletes, who are now dominating the competition thanks to recent strong investments by the Philippine government in the lead-up to the Games. Besides the success of the regional hosting, the Games have ushered in what has been called the “renaissance” of Philippine sports because they triggered the long-overdue government attention to sports facilities and athlete training that was sorely missed in the sports community in previous years.
SPIA is Asia’s leading sports business conference and awards platform. Their Asia Awards have been hailed as the most credible awards platform in the region for the recognition of athletic talent and other successes in the Asian sports industry. Over the past years, SPIA has recognized the region’s Top 10 bests in 25 distinct awards categories, including Asia’s best Sportsman and Sports woman. Gold, Silver, and Bronze is awarded to the best performers for the year, similar to how top athletes celebrate on the podium after dominating their events.