18 Jul SEA Games 2019 to be Held in the Philippines, Manila or Davao is Yet to be Determined
Last July 17, 2016, it was confirmed that the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be held in the Philippines, but the exact venue is yet to be determined with Manila and Davao as the top two selections coming from Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chair William “Butch” Ramirez.
According to Ramirez, Manila is the number one option with all of its facilities, however, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco decided to hold the 2019 SEA Games in Davao.
The following facilities such as the University of the Philippines Mindanao, University of Mindanao, Pastor Quiboloy Stadium and the Davao Norte Sports Complex are going to be checked by some 6 technical persons for evaluation, with the final decision to come from the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippines Sports Commission.
“By December, I think we will have a final, but the Southeast Asian Games Federal Council has already given the hosting to the Philippines,” said Ramirez.
With Davao to host the SEA Games, it would be good for Mindanao tourism however there are many other aspects to consider, one is with the global situation being fragile, making Manila as the possible host. “We will also prepare Manila, another option,” Ramirez added. “As we go along, meron talaga sigurong two options ang Pilipinas.”
The Philippines hasn’t finished first at the SEA Games since it joined in 1977 but it was in 2005 when the country topped the medal tally with 291 medals consisted of 113 golds, 84 silvers and 94 bronzes.
Last year, Philippines ranked 6th placer with 131 medals, 29 of which were golds, 36 silvers and 66 bronzes.
With the 2016 Rio Olympics taking place next month, the PSC is currently busy with the preparation and training, with the Philippines to send 12 athletes. Next year, 2017, the SEA games will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.