In what seemed to be a grueling fight whether the recently reported news that the country was hailed as ‘Best Southeast Asian Games Organizer’ is a hoax or not, award-winning body Sports Industry Awards Asia has had to have a say. Just recently, a statement from Sports Industry Awards Asia Chief Executive Officer Eric M. Gottschalk was published on the Facebook page ‘SPIA Asia – Sports Industry Awards & Conference’.
The Facebook page is the official social media account of the award-giving body with a total of 11,990 likes and 12,024 follows. The Facebook page was launched in October 2015 and provides a lengthy narrative of what the organization is about.
“First and foremost, we would like to commend the Philippines for your hosting of the 30th edition of the SEA Games. The task of hosting an international sporting event is very tedious and enormous. But the Philippines was able to pull it off with flying colors amid the many challenges. This is the reason why we at SPIA ASIA gave an Excellence Award to the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC). But this recognition is not only about the organizers but more importantly, it is a tribute to the Filipino people. The success of the organizing committee is anchored on the hard work and perseverance of the entire workforce, agencies, the SEA Games volunteers and the cooperation of the entire nation. The Philippine hosting of the SEA games can stimulate the growth of the sports industry in the country,”Sports Industry Awards Asia Chief Executive Officer Eric M. Gottschalk states in the Facebook post.
“The Organizing Committee was given a SPIA ASIA Excellence Award because of their success from the planning to the hosting of the 30th edition of the SEA Games. PHISGOC Chairman and Philippine House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano received the honor from SPIA Asia. Every year, SPIA Asia recognizes the special contributions and achievements of a host country—we have done it before in Bangkok, Thailand. This is not in any way different from the case of the Philippines this year. During the SPIA Asia 2015, the Philippine Sports Commission announced their plans of staging the SEA Games, with a goal of mounting a world-class sporting event. This promise of staging more games and presenting a grander scale was reiterated in SPIA Asia 2018 by PHISGOC. This year, we have all seen the fulfillment of such promise through the breathtaking opening ceremony of the 30th SEA Games,” adds Gottschalk in the same post.
As of writing, the Facebook post has a total of 20 likes, 30 shares, and 11 comments.
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