- Wei Jizhong, the Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia shared how impressed they were with the 30th SEA Games
- He said the slogan, the opening ceremony and even the apology made by the President showed how committed the country is in providing the best experience
- Wei said the Philippines is now credible to hold “bigger-scale events” such as the 2030 Asian Games
The Olympic Council of Asia was so impressed with the preparations and opening of the 30th SEA Games that they asked the Philippines to make a bid for the 2030 Asian Games.
Wei Jizhong, the vice president of Olympic Council of Asia, said in a press conference that after the SEA Games, the Philippines is now ready to host “bigger scale” events such as the upcoming Asian Games in 2030.
Wei said the slogan, “We Win As One” and the opening ceremony, really highlighted what the SEA Games was all about. He said, “During the opening ceremonies, we witnessed the enthusiasm of all the participants because you allowed the athletes to walk in droves because sometimes they limit the number [of athletes who will parade].”
“The parade is to honor the athletes, and that just means the Philippines is capable of organizing bigger scale games,” Wei added.
The Olympic official even shared how impressed they were when President Rodrigo Duterte and House Speaker Alan Cayetano apologized for several missteps during the event.
Wei said, “This is only the first time that I’ve heard the president and the speaker apologize, I’ve never seen that. This is the first time and this means the high authority of the country is keen to provide the best condition.”
Ramon Suzara, chief operating officer of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), said Wei praised the New Clark City athletics and aquatics facilities in Capas town, Tarlac.
“Noong nakita niya ’yung Clark, sabi niya ang ibang bansa walang ganu’n. Sinabihan kami na, ‘Why not bid for 2030 for that kind of facility?'” he told reporters.
While the SEA Games only includes 11 countries, the 2030 Asian Games under the Olympic Council of Asia currently has over 45 member nations.