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Wednesday July 18, 2012

Malaysia to host 2017 SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia looks set to host the 29th SEA Games in 2017 – 16 years after last hosting it in 2001.

The SEA Games Federation (SGF) meeting in Myanmar last weekend confirmed that Malay­sia would host the regional biennial event in 2017 “should there be no other country willing to bid for the host job”.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, who attended the meeting, said that Myanmar would host the Ga­­mes next year, followed by Singapore in 2015.

“Then it should be Brunei’s turn but it wants to host the 2019 Games instead of the 2017 edition. So, Malaysia is willing to be the host for the 2017 Games,” he said yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur last hosted the SEA Games in 2001, when Malaysia became the overall champions with 111 gold medals, followed by Thailand (103) and Indonesia (72).

Since the inaugural SEA Games, which was held in Bangkok in 1959, Malaysia has hosted the 1977, 1989 and 2001 Games.

Cambodia is the only Asean country yet to host the Games though it has offered to take on the host job in 2021. — Bernama