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Tagum ready for SEAG

Fresh from its rousing holding of the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships, Tagum City in Davao del Norte is looking forward to staging a few sports when the country hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Davao del Norte Gov. Anthony Del Rosario said the province, which boasts of a world-class sports complex and several newly-opened malls that can accommodate a few indoor sports, is upbeat that the

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will agree.

PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez admits that Tagum City has the facilities and the passion to host but it would all depend on the SEAG Federation Council whether a few sports could be played outside Manila.

“Ideally, the host city should hold all the sports,” said Ramirez, noting that staging it in one city will allow the organizers to gain full control.

The last time the SEAG was held in the Philippines, Metro Manila had to be helped out by five other provinces in holding other sports, including Cebu and Bacolod. (Nick Giongco)