With the 2019 South East Asian Games less than two years away, the Philippines has submitted and has gotten approval of the initial 30 sports that will be played in the games.
“I think the Phillipines will try to organize the biggest Games ever,” beamed Asian Games Federation president Erick Thohir.
The basis of the initial list of sporting events are based on the categories used by the committee. Mandatory sports, namely aquatics and athletics, are in Category 1. In Category 2, the sport has to be included in the Olympics and the Asian Games, while the other sports fall into the third category.
The sports unveiled by the committee are Athletics, Aquatics, Archery, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Cue Sports, Bowling, Boxing, Cycling, Equestrian/Polo, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo/Jiujitsu, Karatedo, Sailing, Sepak Takraw, Shooting, Squash, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling/Kurash, Wushu, Arnis, Dancesport, and Muay Thai.
According to POC chairman Ricky Vargas, there are 12 category three sports they are proposing.
“Arnis, Bodybuilding, Bridge, E-sports, Netball, Obstacle Course, Sambo, Skateboarding, Shuttlecock, Surfing, Water-skiing, Rock Climbing and Aero Sports are the sports that were included in the Category 3,” Vargas disclosed.
The deadline for the final list of events is set on June 30.