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Singapore refuses to host SEA Games in 2019

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Singapore has refused to replace the Philippines as host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30) (Illustrative photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore has refused to replace the Philippines as host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30).

Chris Chan, Secretary General of the Singapore National Olympic Council said in a statement on August 4 that other countries should consider replacing the Philippines to be the host, after the Philippine Government showed its concern over security and terrorism.

Before SEA Games 29 kicks off on August 19, the South East Asian Games Federation should hold a meeting on the issue, he added. 

[Philippines withdraws from hosting 2019 SEA Games]

In July, the Philippine Government announced to pull out of hosting the SEA Games to focus on re-building the southern Marawi city, which has been ravaged by clashes lasting nearly three months between the Government’s forces and gunmen of the self-claimed Islamic State (IS).

The decision was made following various meetings between sports officials and President Rodrigo Duterte and Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez.

The country last hosted the SEA Games in 2005. It accepted to become the host of the SEA Games 30 in 2015, after the post was begged off by Vietnam and Brunei.-VNA
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