The devil’s in the details: 10 logistical blunders at SEA Games 2019

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The devil’s in the details: 10 logistical blunders at SEA Games 2019
Here are 10 instances where the SEA Games 2019 coordinators stumbled

MANILA, Philippines – The lead up to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), which formally opens Saturday, November 30, is turning out to be a logistical nightmare. 

Social media has been inundated with proof of organizational blunders by host country Philippines, from athletes sleeping in hotel conference rooms, to the lack of proper halal food for Muslim athletes, down to the poor design of the event’s logo and mascot. This has even led to the hashtag #SEAGamesFail, where netizens air their frustration and embarrassment

Here are 10 simple but crucial instances where the SEA Games 2019 coordinators stumbled, as documented by both local and foreign press as well as event volunteers: 

1) The press conference for the men’s football games were held in an unfinished space at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, reminiscent of an old warehouse. The stadium grounds and other rooms were also still under construction.  

2) At the press conference itself, there weren’t enough microphones to go around.

3) Confusingly, one of the women’s comfort rooms in the stadium featured two toilets in a single stall.

4) GMA journalist Raffy Tima was surprised to find the name “Mariz Tima” printed on his SEA Games ID. This was a likely mix-up with Mariz Umali, also a GMA journalist and, coincidentally, Tima’s wife. 

5) A volunteer did not receive proper coordination with his facilitator, witnessed the mismanagement of media IDs, and only received his meal at the very end of his shift. 

6) The first football match between Myanmar and Malaysia pushed through without a scoreboard, and the post-match press conference was canceled due to venue troubles.

7) The coach for the Philippines’ women’s football team lamented the lack of proper meals for her athletes. One of their breakfasts, for instance, was just kikiam (fried fish cake), egg, and rice, which she noted was not nutritious enough. 

8) The skating rink at SM Megamall, which is for the speed skating event, is unfinished, dirty, and not properly cordoned off from shoppers. 

9) Bags had to be deposited before you could enter Rizal Memorial Stadium, and claiming yours at the end of the day was a sport in and of itself. 

10) The sign for the men’s football games were written on a cartolina with black marker, harking back to high school sports events. One netizen even volunteered alternative designs. 

In another incident, a citizen’s mock logo for the event ended up on an official tarpaulin. 

Will the SEA Games’ coordinators be able to pick things up by the 30th? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! –

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