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Philippines to host record 56 sports at SEA Games next year

Date : 27 Nov 2018

Manila, Philippines, November 27, 2018: A record 56 sports will feature at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines making it the biggest in the 60-year history of the biennial event.

Following a SEA Games Federation meeting in Manila last weekend, it was revealed that the regional showpiece to be held from November 30 to December 10 next year will even boast a few winter sports like ice hockey and ice skating, alongside newer sports like eSports and underwater hockey. This maintains the winter sports trend started by Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

“It’s now final. Fifty-six sports have been approved and we’re looking at 529 events,” said Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Abraham Tolentino, also head of the SEA Games Organising Committee sports department.

There were only 30 sports initially penciled in but following last weekend’s meeting this number was increased to a record 56. The previous biggest SEA Games featuring 44 sports was hosted by Indonesia in 2011, while the Kuala Lumpur Games last year had 38 sports.

Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas was confident the host nation would perform creditably at the SEA Games which carries the slogan “We Win as One”. Vargas said: “We will fare well.”

At last year’s Games in Kuala Lumpur, Philippines finished in sixth place out of 11 nations. In 2005, when Philippines last hosted these Games, it topped the medal standings with a haul of 112 golds, 85 silver and 93 bronze from 40 sports.

The 56 sports next year will be held in four main clusters: New Clark City in Pampanga, Subic Bay, Metro Manila and Batangas/La Union/Tagaytay.

The 56 sports are:

Category 1

Compulsory sports: Athletics and Aquatics

Category 2

Olympic and Asian Games Sports: Archery, badminton, baseball/softball, basketball, billiard sports, bowling, boxing, canoeing/traditional boat race, chess, cycling, dancesport, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, indoor hockey, ice hockey, ice skating, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, muay thai, pencak silat, polo, rowing rugby sevens, sailing/windsurfing, sepak takraw, skateboarding, shooting, soft tennis, squash, surfing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, wushu.

Category 3

Regional/New Sports: Arnis, eSports, floorball, jujitsu, kickboxing, kurash, lawn bowls/petanque, netball, obstacle course, sambo/vovinam, underwater hockey, wakeboarding.

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