- DFA Sec. Cayetano shared the possibility of PH hosting the Asian Games 2030
- The efforts that are being shed for SEA Games will also add greater chance for Philippines to win the bid in hosting Asiad
- Even Erick Thohir, chairman of Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee has been impressed by the PH’s efforts
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discussed the possibility of hosting Asian Games a decade from now.
As the chairman of Southeast ASEAN Games 2019, Cayetano has been busy for the preparations of the upcoming sports competition specially to the facilities needed.
KAMI spotted from Manila Bulletin that according to Cayetano, “Finally we will have na a new world-class athletic coliseum [and] stadium. We will have aquatics stadium… in fact, we want to vie, we want to bid for the 2030 Asian Games,”
Cayetano stated that the facilities being built in New Clark City in Tarlac will not just be used for the SEA Games, but also to have a better chance in hosting other Asian-wide sports competition like Asian Games.
“Each part will have 20 to 50 national training sites around the country, or at the very least, bawat region meron,” Cayetano said.
“If we want to host the 2030 Asian Games, we must continue to build the hub around Clark and Subic. If we want sports to be part of our national identity, we must have world class training facilities in each region,” he added.
Despite the challenges, Cayetano remains optimistic that the Philippines will win the bid for hosting the Asian Games.
The progress the Philippines has been making for the SEA games has impressed Erick Thohir, chairman of Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee.
“Personally, as partners of the Philippines, I’m really sure that the next step for the Philippines can be hosting the Asian Games in 2030,” said Thotir.
“With all the infrastructure that you are building for the SEA Games, I think it will be a waste if you don’t have other big events,”
“You are going to build a new city, new facilities… I really believe that all the Southeast Asian countries, and if possible the Philippines, can be the next host (of the Asian Games),” he added
The Asian Games is currently being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The closing rites will be on September 2, 2018.
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