Organizing committee discusses teams’ food concerns

The 2015 Asia-Pacific-Middle East Junior, Senior and Big League regional tournament organizing committee has discussed concerns and other restrictions on food that will be served to all participating teams.

Regional tournament director James Ada has appointed Annie Flores and Lynn Duenas to go and choose the right caterer that will prepare the food of all delegates of the annual event, that Saipan will be hosting from June 26 to July 5.

Four caterers have so far submitted their quotations to the organizing committee.

Ada, during last Wednesday’s meeting, said that some of the food that would be served to several delegates might be prohibited to them because of their religious beliefs.

Indonesia, for example, is a Muslim country and they are forbidden to eat pork while most of India’s more than one billion population are Hindu and hence they don’t eat beef since they consider the cow as a sacred animal.

Some players or a member of their delegation might also be practicing vegetarians and may skip any form of meat.

The committee wants to make sure that they won’t violate any of the delegates’ religious or spiritual beliefs.

Flores and Duenas added that they would also make sure that the winning caterer has enough staff to properly pack and deliver the food on time. The organizing committee will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner to all delegates.

Twenty teams from 11 countries have so far confirmed of joining the tournament with host CNMI, Guam, and the Philippines competing in all three divisions.

Hong Kong and Indonesia are also competing in the Junior and Senior leagues, while Chinese Taipei will be sending teams to the Junior and Big leagues. Australia and Vietnam will field Junior League teams, and New Zealand and Saudi Arabia are joining the Senior division.

India already has a Big League team but, according to Duenas, her contact at the Indian Little League said in an email that they plan to also compete in all three divisions.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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