Four sports disciplines, including an event where the country is traditionally strong, have been added in the calendar of events for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Getting the green light from the SEAG Federation Executive Committee are triathlon, esports, jiu jitsu and bowling.
It can be recalled that PH bets have dominated two-gold triathlon for the last two editions of the biennial meet.
Like triathlon, esports and jiu jitsu also contributed to the country’s cause in last year’s SEA Games. The three sports have a combined output of 11 golds of the country’s total of 149.
“It’s good for us,” Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Bambol Tolentino told Manila Bulletin-Tempo in a message Thursday.
“We’re one of the countries that lobbied for it, we won gold medals in these sports during the last SEA Games here.”
The SEAG Federation Executive Committee approved the four sports during an online meeting hosted recently by host Vietnam, which will stage the event for the second time in history and first since 2003.
The additions of these sports have brought the number of events next year to 40 – paling in comparison to the 56 when the country staged it here.
Next year’s SEA Games is set November 21 to December 2.