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.