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PH 2019 SEA Games hosting bid looking 'positive' - POC

SINGAPORE – Brunei has backed out of hosting the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, with the Philippines and Thailand showing interest in hosting the 30th edition of the regional sports showcase, Philippine Olympic Committee Chairman Tom Carrasco said on Saturday, June 6.

“We first have to make a letter of intent (in staging the SEA Games),” said Carrasco, who was present during the SEAG Federation Council meeting held last Thursday, June 4, at the Fairmont Hotel when Brunei made the announcement.

Separate wire agency reports quoted the Thai sports minister, who is also here, has bared his interest in hosting the biennial meet once again since it was held in his country in 2007 in celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of its revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The sportsfest was held then in the Thai capital of Bangkok, the resort city of Pattaya and Nakhon Rachashima.

Carrasco said he had already talked via overseas call with POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr, who is still in Manila, “and his response to the development was positive.”

The Philippines has hosted the SEA Games in 1981, 1983, 1991 and 2005, when the Filipino campaigners captured the overall championship for the first time with a bumper crop harvest of 113 gold, 84 silver and 94 bronze medals,

Carrasco said any formal proposal will have to wait “until we have discussed the issue thoroughly with Mr. Cojuangco.” - Rappler.com