Lesson learned as PH bodybuilders failed to compete in SEAG – Manila Bulletin

Lesson learned as PH bodybuilders failed to compete in SEAG

Vietnamese Quoc Vuong Tran Bao and Tram Thi Cam Tu (L) compete in the mixed pairs category of the bodybuilding event at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 15, 2022. ( AFP)

Lesson learned.

That was the sentiment of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino after an incident that saw the national bodybuilding team sent home for failing to meet doping requirements set by Olympics organizers. Southeast Asia from Hanoi.

“I did everything until the last minute, but they invoke some rules that could have been corrected if some officials were really ‘working officials’,” Tolentino said.

In an article by AFP, the PH bodybuilding team, made up of eight men and one woman, was banned from taking part in this edition’s biennial meeting after violating anti-doping rules.

An official said the PH team had not provided sufficient evidence that athletes had taken doping tests three weeks in advance, which is a requirement stated in the events manual.

The Filipino bodybuilders were reportedly told of their predicament when they arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday, with the team desperately trying to find a way to compete.

But the technical delegates were adamant on the decision, saying the doping certificate is a must in competition.

This was only the reason PH bodybuilders were not allowed to compete.

Bodybuilding is competing for the first time in nine years.

The last time the PH team won a medal in this sport was in the 2007 Thai edition thanks to Dulce Purugganan in women’s fitness.



Teresa E. Burton