PH to bid for AIMAG hosting

June 13, 2020
Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino
Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino

BUOYED by its success in the recent Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Manila last December, the Philippines plans to make a bid to host the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) and  Asian Beach Games.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president and Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said hosting these two major international sports competitions in the near future is good for local sports following the success of the SEA Games.

“We will definitely  try to make  a bid to host the AIMAG in 2025  and  Asian Beach Games in 2024,” said Tolentino in a recent interview with sportswriters.

“Sports is a unifying force for the country as  shown during our SEA Games hosting,’’ added Tolentino, who is also the president of the national cycling federation.

Tolentino’s announcement came after the country  missed the deadline to submit a bid to host the 2030 Asian Games.

Tolentino, however, said hosting the AIMAG  or  even the Asian Beach Games is a lot easier than hosting the Asian Games.

“To be honest, hosting the Asian Games is a lot more difficult right now. I think it would be better  to host a less challenging version like the AIMAG  and Asian Beach Games,” explained Tolentino.

The Asian Beach Games are scheduled to be  held on Nov 28-Dec. 5 in Sanya, China, while the AIMAG is  set on May 21-30 in Bangkok and  Chonburi,  Thailand next year.

Tolentino said the Olympic Council of Asia (CSA) and the organizers of the Asian Beach Games in China have yet to to announce whether or not the games will proceed as scheduled despite to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“But I am sure the OCA and the Chinese organizers will  implement  strict protocols once the Asian Beach Games in China will   push through,” Tolentino said.

The  (OCA), the chief organizer of the Asian Games,  opened the bidding for 2030 early this year just  before the pandemic struck

The 2022 edition of the Asian Games  will be held in Hangzhou, China, while the  2026 edition  is scheduled in  Nagoya, Japan.

The POC, under Tolentino, and the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC), headed  by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, are on  a roll following the country’s successful campaign in the 30th SEA Games in Manila.

The Filipinos made the country proud by winning the overall championship with  a total haul of 149 golds, 117 silvers, and 121 bronzes.