2019 SEA Games countdown begins
Mark Escarlote on Nov 30, 2018 07:48 PM
The countdown for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games began Friday night.
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga --- The one-year countdown for the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games began Friday night at the Bayanihan Park here.
Sports officials from 11 countries in the region headed by Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, Philippine Sports Commission head Butch Ramirez and PHI SEA Games Organizing Committee chairman Alan Peter Cayetano spearheaded the colorful ceremony as they launched the countdown clock situated in the middle of the huge structure of the biennial meet’s official logo.
The event also launched the official theme of the Games ‘We win as One’ with the hashtag #2019SEAGames.
Delegates from the participating nations also checked the Games venues including the main hub New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac where the medal-rich sports athletics and swimming are to be held.
“After the countdown clock we have 365 days to go so ang ating athletes ay train, train train. Ang atin pong SEA Games organizers ay build, build, build, and then tayo naman ang trabaho natin is to prepare, prepare, prepare. Medyo mahirap na trabaho pero exciting times for Philippine sports and our athletes,” said Cayetano.
A total of 56 sports – the most in history - are to be played in the 30th edition of the Games. The country’s fourth hosting of the event since 1981, 1991 and in 2005, where the country became the overall champion.
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