The secretary general of the ASEAN University Sports Council visited the Philippines following the recognition of the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines as its sole member from the country.
The AUSC is composed of members from Southeast Asia nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, East Timor, Brunei, and the Philippines
Roestam Efendi Sijar, the AUSC secretary general from Malaysia and his assistant. Zaran Noh, also from the same country, met FESSAP President Angel Ngu, Executive Vice President Robert Milton Calo and Board Chairman Mr. Tai Lian at the Manila Hotel.
Other luminaries, who attended the meeting were FISU Legal Committee Member Atty. Maria Luz Arzaga-Mendoza, State Colleges and Universities officials, led by Dr. Jesus Rodrigo Torres, president of Technological University of the Philippines and his assistant Allan Soria.
FESSAP executives such as Honorary Vice Chair Danilo Madlansacay of Megaworld Corporation, Deputy Secretary General Col. Ariel Querubin of San Miguel Corporation, Board Secretary Cecille Sarmiento, Trustee Joseph Sy and FESSAP Region-4 Director Leonardo Andres were also in attendance.
The agenda of the meeting included various issues involving the AUSC.
Tackled was the hosting of the ASEAN University Games in November 2020. Sijar presented to FESSAP President Ngu and Chairman Tai Lian a proposal for the Philippines to host the games.
The mandatory competitions in the AUG are athletics, swimming, and football.
The hosting proposal is now under study by Ngu, Prof. Calo, Dr. Torres, and Tai Lian and a decision was to host the AUG 2020 or AUG 2022.
If the FESSAP accepts the invitation to host the AUG, it is expected to add two disciplines in the games – badminton and lawn tennis.
The top AUSC officials have invited their FESSAP counterparts to attend the AUSC Board Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on June 11, 2019.
This is the first time that FESSAP will attend the Board to meet as a regular member. According to Ngu, Andres and Calo will represent the FESSAP during the AUSC Board meeting in Phnom Penh.
Meanwhile, the FESSAP is all set to send a lean but mean delegation to the 30th Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy from July 3 to 14 this year.
Tai Lian is the Head of Delegation, while Ngu has been designated as the country’s flagbearer.
The country’s participation in the Napoli Universiade is supported by Bestank, OMNI Electrical & Lighting, Technological University of the Philippines, Mapua University, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, University of Baguio, Globe Telecom, Republic Biscuit Corporation, Megaworld Properties, and San Miguel Corporation.