The Philippine authorities withdrew its plan to host the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEAG) Games as a result of present state of affairs in Mindanao and risk of terrorism and atrocities.
Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) made the announcement throughout a press convention on Friday.
In his letter dated July 21 to Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Ramirez stated, “The Government accepted the chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 to be world’s partner of change with great enthusiasm and eagerness. It is in the manner it showed interest in hosting the 2019 30th SEA Games.”
“However, due to the current situation in Mindanao and the problem of terrorism and atrocities, we regret to inform you that we will no longer pushed through with the hosting of the biennial meet. It has been resolved, that Government resources be focused in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Mindanao specially Marawi.”
Ramirez additional stated : “ Rest assured that we might at all times help our national athletes of their quest medals and honors within the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur this August till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Further, when all is clear and peace and order had improved after 2020 Olympics and the future, we are positive and willing to host the SEA Games or any other international sporting events,” the PSC official harassed.
The Philippines hosted the regional sports activities meet 3 times– first in 1981, adopted in 1991 and 2005 the place the Philippines captured the general championship. (PNA)