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Philippines withdraws as host of 2019 SEA Games

24 Jul 2017
Manila, Philippines, July 24, 2017: The Philippines has pulled out of hosting the 2019 South East Asian (SEA) Games, the government said on Friday, July 21. This is so it can focus on rebuilding a city ravaged by a two-month battle between security forces and Islamic militants.

The country’s sports officials formally abandoned their plans to host the regional games after a series of meetings with President Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez said.

“Resources shall be focused on rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi instead of funding the 2019 hosting of the South East Asian Games,” Mr Ramirez said in a statement on the commission’s Facebook page. Mr Duterte has imposed martial law over the southern third of the Philippines to stamp out the militant threat.

The 29th SEA Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next month. The Philippines was due to host the 30th edition in 2019, followed by Vietnam in 2021 and Cambodia, for the first time, in 2023.

Source: Todayonline.com
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