SEA Games 2019 organizers apologize for inconvenience, confusion

MANILA, Philippines – Organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games issued statement on Sunday on the reported logistical complaints of football teams from Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Cambodia and Thailand that arrived in Manila over the weekend.
SEA Games 2019 organizers apologize for inconvenience, confusion

The Philippine Southeast Asian Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) apologized on “for the inconvenience caused to them by the confusion regarding their transportation and hotel arrangements.”

Football teams of Myanmar and Timor-Leste complained about their long wait from the airport, with the latter being transferred to the wrong hotel.

The squads from Thailand and Cambodia complained that their rooms were not ready. Thai team also said their practice venue was too far away from their hotel.

“While PHISGOC strives to ensure proper coordination of the arrival details, airport welcome and transportation provisions of all international teams to their respective assigned hotels, we acknowledge our shortcomings in this particular incident and vow to do better," PHISGOC said.

PHISGOC also cited that change in arrival details of the Cambodian football team was relayed late to them.

It said transportation was "immediately provided" but it requested the team to be allowed to wait in a private hotel conference room because they arrived ahead of the standard check-in time of 2 p.m.

PHISGOC noted that there had been 75 international arrivals in the past two days “consisting of various sports team delegations, technical officials and representatives of the respective National Olympic Committees, that have gone off without a hitch.”

Netizens express disappointments

Netizens are pouring their sentiments on the travel and hotel woes that hounded football teams and the alleged corruption in the Philippine hosting of the regional meet.

The SEA Games 2019 is set from November 30 to December 11.

— The Summit Express

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