Sunday, 30 May 2010

RP may host SEA Games earlier than expected

MAnila Standard

THE Philippines may host the Southeast Asian Games earlier than scheduled.

This possibility loomed after Singapore backed out from hosting the 27th SEA Games in 2013 due to infrastructure problems.

This is actually one of the topics on the agenda when the 26th SEA Games organizers and members of the SEA Games Federation meet this weekend in Jakarta.

The Indonesian Olympic Committee, the lead organizer for the 2011 SEA Games, will likewise seek the advice of the federation of its plans to include the martial art of kempo, wall climbing, roller skating and the card game of bridge in the regional tournament.

They will also consult member-countries of the federation on what disciplines may be included in the list of 40 events, which they plan to calendar in next year’s games.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., who will leave for Jakarta with a six-man team to attend the meeting, said the Philippines is among those interested in getting the hosting rights from Singapore, along with Myanmar and Vietnam.

“We will see what the conditions are,” Cojuangco said.

POC sports and rules committee chief Go Teng Kok is looking forward to the inclusion of nine to 12 sports disciplines which were removed when the games were held in Laos last December.

According to organizers, if Myanmar backs out, Vietnam will be next in line for the bidding, with the Philippines, which last hosted it in 2005, also in contention.

If Vietnam backs out, then the country will take its turn in 2017 or in 2019. Peter Atencio

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