Myanmar mulling to host 2013 SEA Games

YANGON: Military-ruled Myanmar are considering applying to host the 2013 SEA Games, possibly in the new capital Naypyidaw, after Singapore said they wanted to pull out, official sources said on Monday.

Singapore’s sports minister said in January that the city-state wanted to withdraw because of delays in the construction of a new sports hub, and would prefer to host the event in 2015.

“We are now planning to host the coming SEA Games in 2013 but we have not officially announced that,” said a senior official at the sports ministry in Naypyidaw on condition of anonymity.

“It’s still early to say whether we will hold this event in Naypyidaw.”

The country’s ruling generals moved their entire government from the economic hub Yangon to Naypyidaw four years ago, after building the new administrative capital in secret over the previous three years.

Another official at the ministry said that they are trying to get more qualified sportsmen involved to prepare for the possibility of hosting the Games. — AFP

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