HANOI – Team Philippine Chef de Mission Ramon Fernandez is representing the Philippines on Monday for the closing ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the My Day National Stadium here.
As most members of the Philippine team leave home or have already left, Fernandez will be joined by his deputy Carl Sambrano and RollerSports peers Managueld and Muay Thai at the closing ceremony of Vietnam Sports, Culture and Tourism Minister Nguyen, respectively. Van Hang.
Also attending the event is Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minchin, who will extinguish the flames of the game as the 31st edition of the biennial sports showcase held in Vietnam’s capital and neighboring provinces breaks the curtain.
The flag of the SEA Games Federation will be similarly lowered and handed over to the Cambodian delegation, which will host the 32nd SEA Games in May 2023 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The regional meeting was supposed to be held last November, but the region was delayed by six months due to the increase in Kovid-19 cases.
The virus crisis has taken a heavy toll on the country’s campaigners, who fought a fierce but heroic battle to finish fourth overall with 52 gold, 70 silver and 104 bronze medals.
As expected, Vietnam escaped with overall respect (205-125-116), Thailand distant second (92-103-136) and Indonesia third (69-91-81).
“We are ranked fourth out of 11 countries in the region. This is our best finish since 1983 at an SEA Games event outside the Philippines (when we finished second in the Singapore SEA Games after Indonesia), “said Fernandez.
As one of his last tasks as head of the Philippine delegation, the PSC official attended the final CDM meeting the day before where the Cambodian CDM thanked the Vietnamese organizers for their warm hospitality in hosting the Soxival Non Games.
“Nhan has extended his personal invitation to welcome the other 10 countries participating in the 32nd SEA Games in Phnom Penh next year,” Fernandez said. Back home before boarding his own flight back to Manila.
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