SEA Games next year to include 56 sports

Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Federation Council officials approved a total of 56 sports for the 30th Southeast Asian Games Philippines 2019 on Saturday.

The Final List of approved 56 sports are as follows:

  • Category 1: Athletics and Aquatics;

  • Category 2: Archery, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Billiards, 10-pin Bowling, Boxing, Canoe/Traditional Boat Race, Chess, Cycling, Dance Sport, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Ice hockey, Ice skating, Judo, Karatedo, Modern Pentathlon, Muay, Pencak Silat, Polo, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing/Windsurfing, Sepak Takraw, Skateboarding, Shooting, Soft Tennis, Squash, Surfing, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, and Wushu;

  • Category 3: Arnis, E sports, Floorball, Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Kurash, Lawn Bowls/Petanque, Netball, Obstacle Course, Sambo/Vovinam, Underwater Hockey, and Wakeboarding.

Under the SEAG Federation charter, a host nation must stage at least 22 sports to include the two compulsory sports, at least 16 in Category 2 and up to 12 in Category 3. Another stipulation is a sport may offer medals in events not exceeding five percent of the total at stake.

Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Executive Director Ramon Suzara said the SEAG Federation Council members were in Manila from November 23 to 25 and made an ocular of the competition venues in Clark and Subic.

Suzara also confirmed the first gathering of the 11 Southeast Asian Games Chefs de Mission from November 29 to December 1, in time for the Philippine SEA Games One Year Countdown Celebration at the Bayanihan Park, Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga on November 30.

A time honored tradition of the SEA Games, the Philippines as host country will lead the Countdown Celebration to announce the start of a series of activities, functions and gatherings leading up to the opening of the 30th SEA Games in 2019.

The PHISGOC Executive Board is chaired by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, and co-chaired by Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas.