The Philippines announced last Thursday that it would host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, "just a month after pulling out citing the escalating cost of war with Islamist militants," according to the AFP. Manila last month said that it would not host the 2019 SEA Games to "focus on rebuilding Marawi, a southern city which has been ravaged by deadly battles between security forces and Islamist militants for almost three months." However, sports officials formally notified the SEA Games Federation on Friday of the country's commitment to host the '19 edition after "securing backing from President Rodrigo Duterte." Philippine Olympic Committee board member Cynthia Carrion said, "That's absolutely true. I'm 200% sure we are hosting the Games." Carrion said that POC officials met with Philippines Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and other Duterte advisers on Wednesday to "discuss funding and other matters for the 2019 SEA Games" (AFP, 8/18).
Events and Attractions
An inspection mission to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations host Cameroon has been postponed by the Confederation of African Football. The CAF-appointed team was scheduled to begin the eight-day inspection on Sunday. CAF confirmed the visit would "take place at a later date following the withdrawal of audit firm" PricewaterhouseCoopers. No reason has been given for PWC's withdrawal (BBC, 8/19).
Wales will host the Netball Europe Open Championships in Cardiff in October as part of its preparation for the Commonwealth Games. England, Wales and Scotland are in the same group at the 2018 Gold Coast event (BBC, 8/17).