POC seriously pursuing 2030 Asian Games hosting

Mark Escarlote on Dec 18, 2019 02:43 PM
POC seriously pursuing 2030 Asian Games hosting
Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino will try to submit the country's bid to host the 2030 Asian Games.

After hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines is now looking to hold the 2030 Asian Games in the country.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino is set to fly to Indonesia next week to bid for the rights to host the 21st Asiad a decade from now.    

“‘Pag nakakuha ng flight sa Jakarta, doon ko isa-submit ang bid. Darating kasi yung OCA (Olympic Council of Asia),” said Tolentino. “Kaya lang, tinitignan ko ang time, baka abutin ako ng bisperas ng Pasko.”

The POC head is confident that with the experience in handling the SEA Games as well as the sports infrastructures and facilities built for the biennial meet will be a plus in the country’s bid to bring the Asiad in the Philippines after almost 80 years.

The country hosted the second staging of the Games back in 1954.

“So, marunong na mga workforce natin. Mga volunteers, alam na nila. Ganito pala, ganito pala ang mali. Ganito pala ang pagsalubong sa airport,” he said.

Tolentino adds that compared to the SEA Games’ 56 sports with 530 events the Asiad will have just half of what the regional sports meet had.

“Saka konti lang ang Asian Games. Mga 30 lang ang sports. Pero marami ang kasali. Nandyan ang China, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, Central Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, mga ganoon.”

China (Hangzhou) will host the Asiad in 2022 before Japan’s (Nagoya) turn on 2026.

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