There will be three sports disciplines st likely be added in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games when it is held in the Philippines next year.
Officials, led by former Philippine Olympic Committee president Dr. Celso Dayrit, currently chairman of the SEA Games Council Executive Committee, said this in a report to POC President Ricky Vargas and Chairman Bambol Tolentino yesterday.
Indoor hockey, floorball and vovinam have been approved for inclusion during the meeting that Dayrit and Tolentino attended over the weekend at the SEA Games Federation Office in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dayrit said that the sports submitted by the Sports Committee, headed by Cong. Tolentino, were all approved by the member countries present in the meeting.
Tolentino said this was “a positive development which validated the decisions made by the SEA Games Council in the Manila meeting last May.”
Final approval of the sports will be made in the next Council meeting to be held in Manila on Nov. 22 to 24.
“I am happy to report that the SEA Games Fedration Office accepted all the proposed sports submitted by POC, with the addition of Indoor Hockey, Floorball and Vovinam,” said Dayrit.
Vargas said the added events are subject to compliance by the national sports associations concerned.
And this is with regards to capability to host, arrangements, logistics, etc., plus the recognition by their respective international federations and the POC.
“I look forward to the final approval of these recommended sports this November. This is the maximum number, so there can no longer be any addition, but this could be lessened,” said Vargas
The total number of approved sports for the Games is 56.