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PH stays as SEA Games host: Phisgoc

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MANILA — The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) has assured that the Philippines will host the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.

“We would like to assure our athletes, the sports community, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the Filipino people that all preparations for the 30th South East Asian Games are in full swing,” the committee said in a statement issued Friday.

Reports surfaced this week that the Philippines is in danger of losing the hosting rights to either Indonesia or Thailand due to budget constraints.

Phisgoc, however, maintained that despite the budget cuts and various challenges confronting the Philippine hosting of the 30th SEA Games, “we are unfazed and determined to make this successful.”

“We know that the budget limitation is a major factor. But our strong will to mount the best SEA Games in history for the sake of our athletes and the Filipino people, is bigger than any other problem confronting us today,” it said.

The committee called the reports “fake news or misinformation that will damage the image of the country,” saying it will not tolerate them.

“We at Phisgoc remain committed and shall continue to work hard for the success of the 30th SEA Games for our nation and the Filipino people,” it said. (PNA)