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Manila considers SEA Games sports

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Diving final at the National Aquatic Centre, KL Sport City. 2017 Southeast Asian Games. wikimedia/WIL

The Philippines is expected to include six sports proposed by Cambodia, among a total of 56 submissions for next year’s 2019 Manila SEA Games. The 2019 edition will host 529 events in 56 sporting disciplines in what is expected to be the largest event in competition history.

The decision was made during a two-day meeting of the 30th SEA Games Competition Commission late last week at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.

Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said six sports proposed by Cambodia include Taekwan-do, Vovinam, Petanque, Soft Tennis, Snooker (Billiards), and Jiu Jitsu.

In addition, the Philippines also accepted Cambodia’s request for Under-22 football. The list of sports for the games will be announced on December 7.

Next year’s 30th edition of the SEA Games will be hosted in Manila between November 30 to December 10. Last weekend’s discussions saw Southeast Asia Games Federation Council members from all but one of the participating nations take part.

“It’s the biggest and we are happy that the SEA Games Federation agreed to the program,” Philippine National Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas told reporters. In September, the Philippines committed $145 million to the Games budget.

At the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017, Cambodia won three gold, two silver and 12 bronze medals, surpassing the record achieved in the 2015 SEA Games.

Hosting rights for 2019 were originally awarded to Brunei Darussalam but the country pulled out citing financial and logistical reasons.

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