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PH back as host of 2019 SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The Philippines will host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, after all.

Nearly a month after sports officials regretfully announced that the country has withdrawn from hosting the biennial tournament, they revealed Thursday that the Philippines will take up the responsibility.

"I'd like to thank the PSC and the POC, at lahat ng Pilipino na mahal ang sports, because through all these people's efforts, tuloy na ang hosting natin ng SEA Games," said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who will serve as the chairman of the 2019 SEA Games.

In a press conference on Thursday, Cayetano said hosting the SEA Games gives the nation a chance to showcase its athletes as well as its progress.

"Glory to God, our athletes will have a chance not only to showcase their sports and their talents, but also the new Philippines which we expect in the next two years," he said.

Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/17/17/ph-back-as-host-of-2019-sea-games

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