MANILA (Reuters) – Soccer players sleeping on the floor or stranded at the airport, transport hiccups and handwritten fixture lists, not enough drinking water and food unfit for athletes – the Philippines’ hosting of the Southeast Asian Games is off to a chaotic start.
Those in the soccer competition that started ahead of the main event beginning on Saturday have borne the brunt of the disruption.
Coaches from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar have all vented their frustration over issues ranging from traffic snarl-ups and bland food to poor training sites and drivers dropping them off at the wrong hotels.
On their arrival, Cambodia’s players were stranded at the airport without transportation for three hours, then waited another eight hours for their hotel rooms to be prepared.
Photographs of them napping on the floors of a hotel were shared widely on social media, among tens of thousands of postings under the hashtags #SEAGamesfail and #SeaGames2019 fail as…
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