Philippines is to host the 30th SEA Games in 2019

Manila, Philippines The country has formally assumed the responsibility of hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games or SEA Games. This is a biennial sporting event that 11 southeast asian nations compete. It was learned that Brunei Darussalam -host for 2019 SEA Games has back-out last month .

Mr. Richie Garcia- PSC chair

Philippine Sports Commission chair  Mr. Richie Garcia announced yesterday that existing facilities would be used in the Manila SEA Games 2019 with the bulk of the events to be held in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Philippine Arena viewed from NLEX

There is no promise by the  to build a new stadium. There are some newly build centers like SM MOA Arena with a sitting capacity of over 20,000 people , Philippine Arena ( indoor ) 55,000 people and open stadium 20,000 people which can act as alternative venues.

Website: https://mallofasia-arena.com/

SM Mall of Asia -Arena

Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta earlier confirmed that the POC executive board had passed a resolution accepting the hosting chores for the 2019 Games.

He said the POC would officially communicate the decision to the SEA Games Federation, the policy-making body of the 11-nation regional competition. “It’s very hard to make a projection (budget for the Games) because it will happen four years from now,” said Garcia. “But we have a general idea as to how much it will cost because we are not going to build any large infrastructure.”

Malaysia will host the biennial meet in 2017 with a budget said to be between $180 million (P8.1 billion) and $220 million. Singapore spent about $240 million in hosting the SEA Games last month.

The country hosted the event three times in 1981, 1991 and 2005.

Philippine Sports Commissionhttp://www.web.psc.gov.ph/

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