Philippines on track to host 2019 SEAG as Brunei backs out--report

The 2005 staging of the SEA Games was held in various locations in the Philippines.
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By Ric Arlos

SINGAPORE--The Philippines is in the shortlist for the right to host the FIBA World Cup in 2019.

After a big development on Friday, the Filipinos may get another hosting right.

The AFP reported that Brunei gave up its rights on hosting the 2019 edition of the biennial meet pitting the ASEAN nations and that the Philippines made known its intent on taking over as the host nation.

Should the proposal be approved, this will be the fourth time the Philippines will host the Southeast Asian Games after successfully holding the 1981, 1991, and 2005 editions. In the recent hosting, the Filipinos went on to capture the overall championship after grabbing 113 gold medals.

It was announced that after Singapore, the SEA Games will have stops in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching (2017), Ho Chi Minh (2021), and Phnom Penh (2023).