2019 Southeast Asian Games
Initial logo of the 30th SEA Games as presented to the Olympic Council of Asia on August 20, 2018.
|Host city||Manila, Bocaue, Subic and Clark, Philippines|
|Motto||We Win As One|
|Athletes participating||8750 (expected)|
|Events||32 in 30 sports|
|Opening ceremony||November 30|
|Closing ceremony||December 10|
|Officially opened by||
President Rodrigo Duterte|
|Main venue||Philippine Arena|
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games , also known as the 30th Southeast Asian Games, will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial regional multi-sport event which will be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 10, 2019.
The Philippines was set to host the games, after Brunei's withdrawal. However, the Philippines' hosting was left uncertain following the withdrawal of government support on July 2017 as it plans to use the funds intended for the games on the rehabilitation of Marawi after being occupied by ISIS supporters. Thailand was willing to step in if no other countries expressed interest to host. Eventually, the Philippines reversed its withdrawal of support and announced that it accepted the hosting of the Games on August 16.. The country's hosting of the 30th SEA Games is considered as a stepping stone for its possible bid to host the 2030 Asian Games. 
On 18 July 2012, Brunei was selected to host the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Brunei's previous and only hosting of the tournament was the 1999 edition in which they placed seventh overall. The country was slated to host the 2017 edition but the Sultanate wanted to host these Games instead of the former. Brunei planned to upgrade its sports facilities and build a new national stadium in Salambigar to accommodate the Games. However, on 4 June 2015, Brunei withdrew its hosting rights at the meeting in the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council after the said country's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had failed to give support for the said Games. The withdrawal of Brunei's hosting rights were also due to the country's lack of sporting facilities, accommodation, and preparation of their athletes.
With Brunei's withdrawal, the Philippines had expressed its interest to host the Games Vietnam, the 2021 Southeast Asian Games host, was also offered to host this edition, but declined. On July 10, 2015, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) announced that the Philippines will be hosting the Games. Davao City and Manila were touted as the top candidates for the main host city of the Games. Cebu City and Albay also expressed interest in hosting some events.
On July 21, 2017, The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) addressed the POC that it is withdrawing its support for the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Games, saying that government decided to reallocate funds meant for hosting to the rehabilitation efforts of Marawi, which was left devastated following the Battle of Marawi and it was later reported that the POC's insistence on handling all matters of the hosting; finance, security and the conduct of the Games as it did for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games led to the PSC's withdrawal of support. However, on August 16, the Philippines, through the then-POC president Peping Cojuangco, confirmed that the country will be hosting the 2019 SEA Games, after Cojuangco wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte and appealed for reconsideration.
Cojuangco has stated that the Games would be held in the Central Luzon area, particularly in the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, and Zambales. He added that the Philippine Arena in the municipality of Bocaue in Bulacan province would "most likely" be used in the Games. In January 2018, during the groundbreaking of the Philippine Sports City, it was announced that the organizers will attempt to hold all events of the games outside of Manila with New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, Subic, and Bulacan as main host localities.
During the closing ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the symbolic SEA Games Federation council flag was handed over by outgoing Malaysian Olympic Committee president HRH Tunku Tan Sri Imran to then-Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, who in turn passed the flag to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who will be the Chairman of organizing committee for 2019 games. In contrast of other closing ceremonies held throughout the SEA Games, only a video promoting tourism in the Philippines was presented instead of a grand presentation for the next host country. The reasons for this is that the Philippine Olympic Committee decided to call off the performance which is said to be costly at PhP8 million. Another reason is to give focus on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia).
Unlike the 2005 SEA Games, the 2019 SEA Games adopted a different organizing structure for the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC). According to Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez, it will be Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, the organizing committee chairman, who will be on top of things this time and not the Philippine Olympic Committee president who did the job in 2005. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was initially the head of the organizing committee before he was replaced by Cayetano.
At least three meetings will be held for the preparation of the games. The first meeting was held in Shangri-la at the Fort last May 16 to 17, 2018. Another meeting will be held in November 2018.
There are three designated hubs for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The main hub is Clark featuring the still under construction sports complex at the New Clark City development in Capas, Tarlac. The secondary hub is centered around Subic, Zambales while the tertiary hub is Metro Manila. The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan while the closing ceremony will be held in a yet to be named venue in Clark.
The Philippine Sports Commission confirmed that Manila will host boxing, basketball, and volleyball events while Subic will host water sport events.
The construction of the NOC (National Olympic Committee) mansions and villas for accommodating of the delegates from the competing countries has been proposed to be built in New Clark City. Each mansion will have 15 to 17 rooms each.
|Clark||Mabalacat||Clark International Sports Complex||Baseball, Softball|
|Capas||New Clark City Athletics Stadium||Athletics|
|New Clark City Aquatic Center||Aquatics|
|to be announced||Shooting, Archery, Martial arts sports|
|Subic||Subic||to be announced||Triathlon, Duathlon, Sailing, Sepak takraw|
|Manila||Makati||Makati Square||Billiards, Snooker|
|Manila Polo Club||Equestrian, Polo, Squash|
|Manila||Rizal Memorial Stadium||Football|
|Mall of Asia Arena||Basketball|
|SMX Convention Center||Boxing, Gymnastics, Muay|
|Quezon City||Smart Araneta Coliseum||Volleyball|
|Bulacan||Bocaue||Philippine Arena||Opening ceremony|
The official launch of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be done in Clark, Cebu, and Davao; representing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao the three main island groups in the Philippines. The organizing committee of the Games and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will unveil the official logo, mascot, and slogan during the launch.
The logo, mascot and theme of the 2019 SEA Games was previewed in a presentation in front of the Olympic Council of Asia on August 20, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia during the 18th Asian Games. The proposed official logo depicts 11 rings from the logo of the Southeast Asian Games Federation forming the shape the Philippines and colored with the red, blue, yellow and green. Also included in the presentation are the games' mascots collectively known as Fami, with their name derived from the word "family". However, the logo was met with criticisms among the Filipinos online who questioned the quality of the work. The organizing committee of the Games explained that the logo was still tentative and may be subject to change responding to criticisms, with the final logo to be unveiled on November 30, 2018.
Opening and closing ceremonies
The opening ceremony will be reportedly inspired from the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The organizers has announced plans to conduct a digital lighting of the flame during the event but added they have a backup plan for a "normal, traditional opening ceremony".
The closing ceremony will be held in another venue; a yet to be named venue in the Clark area.
All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) are expected to take part in the 2019 SEA Games. Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.
This is the initial list of sports to be contested at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, as announced following the two-day SEA Games Federation Council Meeting from May 16-17, 2018 at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. Badminton was initially excluded by the hosts from the initial list, but was reinstated following the objections of the National Olympic Committees of Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.
- Basketball ( )
- Sepak takraw
Additional sports maybe accepted accordingly after it receives the suggestions of the different NOCs which should be made before June 13, 2018. The list will be finalized by November 2018.There was reportedly a provision that a proposed sport must be backed by at least four nations to be instated to the list. Among the sports proposed to be included in the final list are e-sports, netball, obstacle course, sambo, skateboarding, shuttlecock, surfing, water skiing, sports rock climbing, and aero sports Malaysia plans to propose the inclusion of tennis, ice skating and martial arts which featured in the previous edition while Cambodia will lobby for the inclusion of tennis, petanque, and vovinam.
Arnis, a Filipino martial art, was last featured as a demonstration sport in the 2005 edition. Arnis will be a regular sport in the 2019 games, and its national sport association will lobby for 20 events for the discipline (16 in combat; 4 in anyo (lit. form)) The Philippines is also considering to introduce 3x3 basketball for the first time in the history of the games.
- Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines:
- 2020 ASEAN Para Games
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Clark will also serve as the main hub of the SEA Games, particularly the Sports City that is currently being built in Capas, Tarlac.
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