Metro Manila, Philippines — Team Philippines will be sending 905 athletes and 257 officials to the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games happening in Cambodia from May 5 to 17.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino made the announcement during the General Assembly Wednesday at the East Ocean Garden Restaurant in Pasay City.
“I’m confident these are all fighting athletes. They will be competing in all the events despite the odds,” Tolentino said.
Cambodia will be having 608 events with 38 of the sports to be hosted for the first time by the country.
The Philippines, which will compete in all sports in the 32nd SEA Games, exceeds the 656 athletes who participated in 38 sports in the 31st SEA Games, where the country finished fourth with 52 gold, 70 silver, and 104 bronze for a total of 226 medals.
The General Assembly also approved the suspension of the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) as a regular POC member to which there was no objection.
PSI’s suspension was prompted by the World Aquatics’ suspension on the national federation, which the POC Executive Board offered to the General Assembly for a decision.
“The POC just followed the order of World Aquatics If the World Aquatics lifts the suspension, then we will lift the POC suspension,” Tolentino said.
The POC scheduled a formal sendoff ceremony for Team Philippines on April 15 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.