Media center, stadium still unfinished as SEA Games 2019 football begins

MANILA, Philippines – The unfinished squash venue inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) was converted Monday, November 25, into a makeshift media center for the advance football games of the  2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Only IWATA fans, monobloc chairs, foldable tables, and one microphone were available, while the registration was manual, in the media center which was the working area for the news agencies of the 11 countries covering the SEA Games. 

This was also the venue for the press conferences. 

There was no information from the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) whether the area was a mere temporary venue, or would be the permanent media center for the rest of the events to held in the RMSC.

In the Rizal Memorial stadium, venue of the football games, the media tribune for the press groups from different countries covering lacked the required charging areas that local football tournament organizers are expected to provide.

The electronic scoreboard for football the games was only set up for the second match of the day between Philippines and Cambodia.  The digits showing game time was unreadable from the media area.

There were also no directional signs to guide the media to the mixed zone, which was located at the other end of the Rizal Memorial Stadium near the athletes’ entrance. It is in the mixed zone were media can do quick interviews of athletes heading for their buses.

Here are photos of the RMSC media center and stadium:

 

MEDIA CENTER. Scaffolding and hollow blocks at the makeshift SEA Games 2019 media center at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2019. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

MEDIA CENTER. Scaffolding and hollow blocks at the makeshift SEA Games 2019 media center at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2019.

Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

 

MONOBLOC. Only one microphone is available for the media briefing. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

MONOBLOC. Only one microphone is available for the media briefing.

Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

MANUAL. Members of the media register on a piece of paper in theSEA Games media center at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2019. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

MANUAL. Members of the media register on a piece of paper in theSEA Games media center at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2019.

Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

 

COVERING. A tarpaulin covers the cemented walls in the SEA Games media center at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2019. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

COVERING. A tarpaulin covers the cemented walls in the SEA Games media center at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2019.

Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

COMPLAINTS. Members of the make do with folding tables and monoblocks at the media center inside the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

COMPLAINTS. Members of the make do with folding tables and monoblocks at the media center inside the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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