DAVAO City's possible hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2019 depends on the SEA Games Federation Council, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez said Tuesday, May 23.
"If compliant ang (Davao City-University of the Philippines) sports complex, the city can host three to five events. But the SEA Games Federation has the final say," said Ramirez during the Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong media forum at the Councilors Lounge, City Council Building.
Ramirez, who is in the city for the Summer Children's Games 2017 set to open on Thursday, said the SEA Games Federation Council has set standards for the hosting.
The PSC chief added that it was Philippine Olympic Committee's idea for Davao City to host the biennial Games in 2019.
Thus, PSC sent an inspection team to scout possible venues for the SEA Games hosting here last year and the SMX Convention Center was cited as a venue for one sport aside from the Davao City-UP Sports Complex that is still being constructed.
The inspection team also went to Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City and saw that it has the facilities to host few SEA Games events but lack of accommodations was one setback that was raised.
Ramirez, however, added, "If Davao is not yet ready, (Metro) Manila is ready to host as it also hosted the SEA Games in 2015."
Meanwhile, Ramirez said Davao City's possible hosting of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa must emanate from the local government unit.
"The city (government) should express its desire to host the Palaro and being part of the Palaro Board, we will deliberate on the merits of Davao hosting it," he said.
He also said that since Davao City has not yet hosted the Palarong Pambansa, it would be easy to convince the Palaro Board to give the rights to the city.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 24, 2017.
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