The Southeast Asian Games Federation held extraordinary meetings Saturday and Sunday at the Conrad Hotel to assure smooth sailing when the official Council meetings come around in late November.

Two important committees – broadcast and sports & rules – held sessions over the weekend to tie some loose ends and streamline recommendations to the SEA Games Council next month.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, also the Federation head for the country’s staging of the Games next year, presided over the broadcast meeting Saturday.

POC chairman Rep. Bambol Tolentino chaired the crucial meeting of the sports and rules group which will recommend a total of 56 sports to the Council.

Delegates from the 10 other countries in the Southeast Asian region had animated but cordial discussions regarding the myriad issues involved in the two departments.

Vargas was “more than satisfied with the conduct, cooperation and diligence of all participants who showed that foremost in their minds were the friendship and camaraderie among SEA countries and the common objective of sports development in the region.”

Despite some apprehensions from some quarters about possible disagreements over the inclusion or exclusion of some events, Tolentino said “we had a trouble-free meeting with everyone agreeing to respect each other’s views. In so doing, we were able to arrive at important decisions which we will submit to the executive committee and eventually to the Council for final approval.”

Also in attendance were former POC president Celso Dayrit, chairman of the SEAG executive committee, PHISGOC executive Director Ramon Suzara, POC secretary-general and PHISGOC director general Patrick Gregorio and deputy director general Tom Carrasco.

The foreign delegates arrived Saturday morning and left Sunday evening or Monday morning.

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