The Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia recognized the Philippine Southeast Asian Games (PHISGOC)’s effort for planning and hosting the 30th SEA Games. SPIA gave PHISGOC a Special Excellence Award during the ceremony recently held at the Grand Hyatt Manila.
“First and foremost, we would like 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),” Eric M. Gottschalk, CEO of SPIA Asia says in a statement.
“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,” he continues.
SPIA Asia Awards is an award-giving body in Asia that focuses on recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the Asian sports industry for the past years. It also organizes sports conferences, recognizes and celebrates Asia’s Top 10 in 25 distinct awards categories including the Asia’s Best Sportsman and Asia’s Best Sports Woman category, with gold, silver, and bronze being awarded to the best performers.
“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,” Gottschalk says.
Gottschalk handed the award to PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara during a conference. Suzara expressed his gratitude to the SPIA and stressed that the recognition will inspire the PHISGOC workforce to work harder and do better in the remaining days of the biennial meet.
After 14 years since the last time the country hosted SEA Games, the Philippines is hosting the 30th edition of this big sports event. After three days, the Pinoy athletes have garnered a total of 95 medals, dominating the competition in almost all sports events.