A concerned member of our page is asking why the Philippines did not get even a Single Medal even at least a Bronze medal for that matter and one of our page member responded well whom we think has a best regards to our Pinoy athletes as well as a very good and positive outlook on our future endeavor in a big event like the Olympics. I just want to re-post it for the benefit of our reader.
Credit to Alain Austria for this text:
A REPLY TO THE COMMENT: "they dont get anything, even a single bronze? why" - Evangeline Pajo....ASEAN GOLD-MEDAL-LESS BLUES IN THE LONDON OLYMPICS. The way things are going, all countries in the ASEAN region will again go back to the drawing table and figure out what "went wrong" with Southeast Asia's performance in the 2012 Olympiad. Things were already promising since 1992 when Indonesia got their first gold, followed by Thailand etc.
well Ma'am it's not that easy to even qualify for the olympics, In fact this is rather disappointing finish for all Southeast Asian countries that might just end up gold-less or medal-less in this edition...
We as a region [not just the philippines] really have to work hard in overhauling the sports system to make it sure that we will perform better in the next olympics....OUR ATHLETES AND ALL SOUTHEAST ASIAN ATHLETES DID THEIR BEST..there is no shame in that.
At times we should put our in their shoes and think: how do we feel if people in my country are pressuring me to get a medal even if I indeed tried my best. To qualify in the olympics is already a tall order...Some of the athletes in London are acquaintances of mine and they really feel bad with the negative comments they are receiving..
no offense meant ma'am, i do respect your opinion...but things are more complicated than just going there and winning medals....its a very very very long journey through physical pain, politics [yes even sports], etc. Let us just be grateful that our very small team represented us despite all odds.
IT PAYS TO give our athletes a pat in the shoulder and say thank you. I tell you how appreciative they are of encouraging words...Salamat po.
I agree with the decision of the SEA GAMES organizers to focus more on official Olympic Sports in Myanmar 2013 so that the medal tally [for all my reservations towards this practice] can be a more accurate measure of the country's chances in continental and international competitions.
NOTE: that host countries can no longer add "weird local sports" just to boost their medal tallies / nor discard sports when the hosts feel that they cannot win medals in that area....
So let's see the previous SEA GAmes tally vis-a-vis the ASEAN PERFORMANCE IN LONDON 2012.
2011 SEA GAMES
VIE: 96 - 92-100
Numbers can indeed be very impressive and then you have this
2012 LONDON OLYMPICS
VIE, PHI, MYA, CAM, TLS, BRU, LAO 0-0-0
Though I do not agree with the current attitude of focusing too much on getting a medal/s...nor am i in a position to judge the athletes [i mean they did their best what more can we ask for]...but it's also a reflection of the long-road ahead for ASEAN to catch up with other regions. I guess this is more painful for countries such as INA, THA which are already used to gold medal finishes [no matter if its just one or two]...more painful for MAS who failed to get gold twice....as for the others it will still be an elusive quest...But I do hope of a faster, higher, stronger ASEAN by 2016....Wish all ASEAN countries the best @ RIO de JANEIRO.