The Philippine Sports Commission has revealed that the nation has withdrawn from hosting the 2019 South-east Asian Games due to the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.
The Philippine Armed Forces and allies have been fighting terrorists in Marawi City on Mindanao Island since May, with nearly 90 000 people displaced and twice that number evacuated.
The Philippine Sports Commission had initially stepped in to host the event after Brunei pulled out in June due to lack of infrastructure, but with the situation in Mindanao escalating, the PSC has decided to withdraw.
“Due to the current situation in Mindanao and the problem of terrorism and atrocities, we regret to inform you that we will no longer push through with the hosting of the biennial meet,” revealed PSC chairman Butch Ramirez in a statement.
“It has been resolved that government resources be focused in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Mindanao especially of Marawi City.
“Further, when all is clear and peace and order had improved after 2020 Olympics and in the future, we are positive and willing to host the SEA Games or any other international sporting events.”