MANILA� Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano announced Thursday that the Philippines will be hosting the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

Cayetano was with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair, William Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, Jose Peping Cojuangco; when he made the announcement before sports officials and media at the Mariott Hotel in Pasay City here.

At glory to God atheletes will have a chance not only to show their sports, their skills, their talents, but also the new Philippines which we expect in the next two years, and our athletes' preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said Cayetano , who is also chairperson of the 2019 SEAG Organizing Committee.

We are not perfect, there's a big challenge, Cayetano said, adding that 2019 SEA Games is a big event to showcase the Philippines.

Cayetano emphasized that unity and leadership will play an important role for the Philippines' hosting of the games and they will exercise leadership by example by being united.

Cayetano said the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and Clark are already making some preparations in case the committee decides to use its facilities.

Cayetano said he favors the holding of some games in Subic and Clark which is envisioned to become a special city.

Cojuangco said ASEAN sports leaders and other officials especially the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) are more than happy on the Philippines' hosting of the games for the fourth time.

For his part, Ramirez, who was the chairman of the agency when the Philippines won the overall championship in 2005, vowed that the government sports body will do its best to help in the hosting, particularly in attending to the needs of our national athletes.

The Philippines had earlier said that it was unable to host the 2019 Games for security reasons.

The 29th biennial multi-sport event participated by Southest Asian nations is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Aug. 19 to 30 this year.


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