Cojuangco cites 'lack of financial support from gov't' as reason for PH's subpar performance in SEAG

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Peping Cojuangco cited lack of financial support from the government as the reason for the country’s pedestrian performance in the recently-concluded Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.

"When we give an allowance to an athlete, that includes already their food and maintenance of their own family," Cojuangco said in an interview with CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio.

He added, "Were we able to feed them the right food at the right time, we wouldn't be finishing like this, I guarantee you that."

The Philippines was mired at sixth spot with a 29-36-66 gold-silver-bronze medal haul, a notch higher than its previous finish in the 2013 edition.

Still, it was far from what officials projected.

In a previous report by CNN Philippines, chef-de-mission of the Philippine contingent Julian Camacho said the target was 45 to 50 gold medals for the Filipino contingent.

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But the Philippine armada was kept on the backfoot.

The POC chief admitted politics kept country's sports program in rut.

"There's more politics in sports than in politics, and even internationally. Look at what's happened in FIFA; when you say politics, you're talking about democracy," he said.

To address the issue, Cojuangco said they are planning to build a P3.5-million, state-of-the-art training center.

The 81-year-old sports official added he is seeking the support from private sector for the 70-hectare structure.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio contributed to this report.