POC officials "positive" in hosting SEA Games in 2019

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2015 06:35 PM
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We first have to make the letter of intent --- POC chairman Tom Carrassco on Philippines' possible hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

SINGAPORE --- Why not.

The Philippine Olympic Committee expressed interest to accept the hosting of the Southeast Asian Games four years from now.

Brunei has begged off from hosting the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, with Thailand and the Philippines expressing interest in hosting the 30th edition of the regional sportsfest, according to a top Filipino sports official on Saturday here.

“We first have to make the letter of intent,” said POC chairman Tom Carrassco, who present at the SEAG Federation Executive Council meeting held at the Fairmont Hotel when the issue was raised.

Carrasco said a representative from Brunei told the council “it is not ready” to host the SEA Games it first hosted in 1999 with a total of 22 disciplines.

Wire agency reports quoted the Thailand sports minister, who is also here, has also expressed interest in staging the Games it held the meet the last time in 2007 in the Thai capital of Bangkok, the resort city of Pattaya and Nakhon Ratchashima.

Carrasco said that he had informed POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., who is still in Manila, about the development “and his response was positive.”

POC second vice president Jeff Tamayo echoed Carrasco’s statement, saying that knowing Cojuangco the POC head will not let this opportunity pass to show that the country is capable of hosting a major international meet.

Watch Tamayo’s full interview here: 

Carrasco added that the country was able to host the 2005 SEA Games despite fund constraints, noting that the POC might follow the same model when the regional sports showcase was held simultaneously in Manila, Bacolod and Cebu.

“But all of these are mere talks until we have discussed the issue with Mr. Cojuangco,” Carrasco said.

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