first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Belo could get a crack at a third gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Philippine team coach Chot Reyes is looking at the possibility of tapping Belo as a replacement for Carl Bryan Cruz due to a scheduling conflict with the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon also slated in August.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet UP ends PVL Open stint with squeaker over Power Smashers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments “We could [change the lineup], but it’s no guarantee because that will be determined in the team managers’ meeting the night before,” Reyes said in a press conference Saturday at Sky Bar in Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City.“So there has to be a very good reason and a very good excuse so that’s going to depend on boss Butch Antonio, but our intent is to have Mac Belo in the place of CBC (Cruz) in the Southeast Asian Games lineup primarily because there’s a chance that he’s not going to make it in Kuala Lumpur,” Reyes added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCruz is also part of Gilas Pilipinas’ roster in the Fiba Asia Cup, which is set on Aug. 8-20. The Filipinos’ SEA Games campaign opens on Aug. 20 against Thailand, a team which Reyes still sees as a “strong force to reckon with in Southeast Asia”Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, who is the team’s naturalized player in place of Andray Blatche, could also miss the tiff against Thailand due to the same conflict. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sonny Barrios, the executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said changing lineups in the SEA Games is not an easy process.“Changing the lineup in the Southeast Asian Games is not simple even if you want to change,” he said. “It’s discretionary on the part of the organizers in the Southeast Asian Games. Even if you want to change and even if the player is really injured, if they won’t allow it, they won’t allow it and that’s the iffy part about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgPolitical differences notwithstanding, India are all set to resume sporting ties with Pakistan and this time it will not be cricket but football which will bring the two countries together on the sports field as the subcontinental neighbours get ready for a three-match series in England starting August 25.They will play in Manchester, Coventry and London amongst other friendlies that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning for the Indian team.The last time the two teams played a football series was way back in 2005 in Pakistan. The series has been on hold for quite some time with the Indian government refusing to issue the NOC for the series.But with the clearance coming their way, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das feels that it will be exciting to witness the arch-rivals clash on the football field.”It is an exciting development for all of us. Due to the political problems, we can’t travel to Pakistan and they can’t come here. So it was decided that a neutral venue be selected – England. It has been six years since the two teams last played each other, so we are all waiting with bated breath to watch them in action,” he told MAIL TODAY.Elaborating on selecting England as the venue, Das said: ” London has a large South Asian community living there and they are all passionate about the game, so we thought that it would be apt that the South Asians living there get to see their teams in action.” Das made it clear that the team, set to be coached by Desmond Bulpin – coach of Indian Arrows – will consist of mostly U- 23 players who recently represented India in the Olympic qualifiers.advertisement”The team, which will be coached by Bulpin, will mostly have U-23 players with a few seniors joining them. Honestly, most of the U- 23 boys have already broken into the senior team, so we can’t actually say that it is our U- 23 team.”We feel that the boys did a marvellous job in the Olympic qualifiers and they deserve more match practice, keeping in mind our aim to build a team for the 2018 World Cup.We won’t be playing just Pakistan’s national team, but also a few clubs in England. So that the boys will get ample practice against quality opponents,” he said.Praful Patel, president of AIFF, expressed his delight at the announcement. ” Playing Pakistan is always special. It’s a positive sign that we will play a bilateral football series against Pakistan. I’m sure all sporting fans are eagerly looking forward to it,” he said.The tour is being organised by Touch-Sky Sports (TSS), a FIFA and UEFA Licensed Match and Player Agency. Ahmer Kunwar of TSS said: ” It gives me immense pleasure in organising this epoch- making tour. The tour would provide the Indian and Pakistani nationals based in England a chance to witness their native teams in action at the ‘ Home of Football’ – England.”last_img read more