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The 2019 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 30th Southeast Asian Games or 2019 SEA Games and commonly known as Philippines 2019 will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial regional multi-sport event which will be hosted by the Philippines from 30 November to 11 December 2019.[2]

XXX Southeast Asian Games
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Host cityVarious
(See below)
Motto"We Win As One"[1]
Nations participating11
Athletes participating9,840 (expected)
Events530 in 56 sports (63 disciplines)
Opening ceremony30 November
Closing ceremony11 December
Officially opened byPresident Rodrigo Duterte (expected)
Officially closed byPresident Rodrigo Duterte (expected)
Athlete's OathTBA
Judge's OathTBA
Torch lighterTBA
Main venuePhilippine Arena
(Opening ceremony)
NCC Athletic Stadium (Closing ceremony)
Website2019 Southeast Asian Games
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This edition will be marked by the first major decentralization in the history of the Games, with competition venues spread in 23 cities across the country, divided into 4 clusters, all located on the island of Luzon (Metro Manila, Clark, Subic/Olongapo, and a fourth cluster consisting of stand alone venues). This will be the fourth time that the Philippines will host the games and its first time since 2005. Previously, it had also hosted the 1981 and 1991 editions of the games. This edition is most notable for being the first edition to include e-sports and obstacle course as well as having the highest number of sports in the history of the games, at a total of 56.

The hosting rights were originally awarded to Brunei Darussalam,[3] but the country pulled out days before the 2015 Southeast Asian Games due to "financial and logistical reasons."[4]

The Philippines was set to host the games, after Brunei's withdrawal. However, the Philippines' hosting was left uncertain following the withdrawal of government support on July 2017 as it planned to use the funds intended for the games on the rehabilitation of Marawi after being occupied by ISIS supporters. Thai officials even offered to host the games if no other interested country announced interest. This also happened with Indonesia after a successful 2018 Asian Games. The Indonesian government was considering the possibility of Jakarta and Palembang to host the games.[5]

On 16 August 2017, The Philippine governament announced the reversal of the withdrawal, officially accepting the challenge of organizing the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.[6] The country's hosting of the 30th SEA Games is considered a stepping stone for its possible bid to host the 2030 Asian Games.[7]

Host selection

As per SEA Games traditions, hosting duties are rotated among the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) member countries. Each country is assigned a year to host but may choose to do so or not.[8]

In July 2012, the SEAGF meeting in Myanmar confirmed that Malaysia would host the regional biennial event in 2017, should there be no other country willing to bid for the games.[9] Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Sieh Kok Chi, who attended the meeting, said that Myanmar would host the Games in 2013, followed by Singapore in 2015 and Brunei in 2017.However, the sultanate gave up hosting the Games in 2017, in exchange for having more time to organize the 2019 edition.Brunei hosted the Games only once in 1999 and planned to upgrade its sports facilities and build a new national stadium in Salambigar to accommodate the Games.[3][10] However, on 4 June 2015, Brunei withdrew its hosting rights at the meeting in Singapore. after the said country's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had failed to give support for the Games along the lack of sporting facilities, accommodation, and preparation of their athletes.[4][11]

Provincial Sports Coordinator and Assistant Provincial Administrator Giovanni Gulanes reveals Davao del Norte's bid to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo. July 2016.

With Brunei's withdrawal, the Philippines had expressed its interest to host the Games[12][13][14] Vietnam, the 2021 Southeast Asian Games host, was also offered to host this edition, but declined.[15] On 10 July 2015, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) announced that the Philippines will be hosting the Games.[16] Davao City and Manila were touted as the top candidates for the main host city of the Games.[17] Cebu City[18] and Albay[19] also expressed interest in hosting some events.

On 21 July 2017, The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) addressed the POC that it is withdrawing its support for the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Games, saying that government decided to reallocate funds meant for hosting to the rehabilitation efforts of Marawi, which was left devastated following the Battle of Marawi[17][20] and it was later reported that the POC's insistence on handling all matters of the hosting; finance, security and the conduct of the Games as it did for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games led to the PSC's withdrawal of support.[21]

However, on August 16, the Philippines, through the then-POC president Peping Cojuangco, confirmed that the country will be hosting the 2019 SEA Games, after Cojuangco wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte and appealed for reconsideration.[22]

Cojuangco has stated that the Games would be held in the Central Luzon area, particularly in the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, and Zambales. He added that the Philippine Arena in the municipality of Bocaue in Bulacan province would "most likely" be used in the Games.[23] In January 2018, during the groundbreaking of the New Clark City Sports Hub (then known as the Philippine Sports City), it was announced that the organizers will attempt to hold all events of the games outside of Manila with New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, Subic, and Bulacan as main host localities.[24]

Handover ceremony

During the closing ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the symbolic SEA Games Federation council flag was handed over by outgoing Malaysian Olympic Committee president HRH Tunku Tan Sri Imran to then-Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, who in turn passed the flag to then-Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who will be the Chairman of organizing committee for 2019 games.[25] In contrast of other closing ceremonies held throughout the SEA Games, only a discret video promoting tourism in the Philippines was presented instead of a grand presentation for the next host country. The reasons for this is that the Philippine Olympic Committee decided to call off the performance which is said to be costly at PhP8 million. Another reason is to give focus on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia).[26][27]


Alan Peter Cayetano is the current chairman of the organizing committee of the Games.

Unlike the 2005 SEA Games, the 2019 SEA Games adopted a different organizing structure for the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHILSGOC). According to Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez, it will be Alan Peter Cayetano, the organizing committee chairman, who will be on top of things this time and not the Philippine Olympic Committee president who did the job in 2005.[28] Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was initially the head of the organizing committee before he was replaced by Cayetano.[29]

At least three meetings will be held for the preparation of the games. The first meeting was held in Shangri-la at the Fort last 16 to 17 May 2018. Another meeting was held in November 23–24, 2018.[30]

Officials of National Sports Associations of the Philippines were designated as competition managers and were tasked to deal with local arrangements concerning their sport including logistics, venue and equipment.[31]


The budget for the games is at least ₱7.5 billion. ₱6 billion were provided by the government while the rest were secured by the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) Foundation from sponsorship agreements. The government funds were allocated to the Philippine Sports Commission with ₱5 billion from the funds approved by the Philippine Congress and the remainder derived from augmentation fund approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.[32] Duterte approved the additional funds by May 2019.[33]


The organizers entered negotiations with SM Tickets for ticketing systems. All tickets for all events will cost a fee with sports determined to be less popular by the organizers will have a minimal fee.[34]


Organizers are coordinating with the Department of Transportation regarding logistics for the games including the possible closure of the North Luzon Expressway to the public for 12 hours leading to the opening ceremony.[35]

Vehicles, including 362 public busses, 162 sedans and 100 VIP cars, are planned to be bought and 268 vans are to be acquired via renting for use for the regional games.[35]

Also three self-driving electric vehicles will be provided by American firm Connected Autonomous Shared Transportation (COAST) for transportation of passengers in New Clark City at no cost to the government.[36]


The organizers of the games launched a volunteer program in April 2019 in Taguig to aid the organization of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with the target of volunteers initially set to 12,000.[37] Around 9,000 individuals were recruited among those 20,686 people who expressed interest to join the volunteering program, 14,683 of which applied through official online portals. 2,960 applicants were foreigners while 6,003 were elected by educational institutions. The following is the approximate allocation of volunteers per cluster: 2,250 in the Clark cluser, 1,980, in the Subic cluster, 3,150 in Metro Manila, and 1,620 in other venues not part of the first three clusters.[38]


The official medals for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will feature a engraved design of the aerial view of the New Clark City Athletics Stadium and on the other side the official logo and the name of the host country.[39]

Torch relay

Preceding the torch relay in the Philippines which was set to start on October 30, 2019[40] was the ceremonial lighting of the lantern at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on October 3, 2019. During the ceremony, Malaysia the previous edition's host nation handed over the lantern which carried the Southeast Asian Games flame to the Philippines.[41][42] After the handover ceremony, the flame hosted in the lantern was flown in to the Philippines with the torch relay to set to start in Davao City[43]. Among the stops of the torch relay are in Cebu, Metro Manila, Tagaytay.[44]


The design of the official torch for the games was designed by Filipino metal sculptor Daniel dela Cruz[45] The torch was inspired from the sampaguita (Jasminum sambac) the Philippines' national flower and the hammered portions of the object represents the rays of the Philippine flag's sun.[39] According to the organizers, the sun symbolizes "unity, sovereignty, social equality, and independence" aside from sharing the same symbolism of the sun of the Philippine flag. The torch weigh about 1.5 kilograms, not too heavy for the torch bearer[46]. The torch was officially unveiled on August 23, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay during the 100-day countdown to the games.[45]


The cauldron to be lit by the torch was designed by National Artist for architecture, Francisco Mañosa. The cauldron was his last project prior to his death.[47]


BLT (Batangas and Tagaytay)
BLT (La Union)
Four main hubs or clusters of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The fourth cluster is designated as "Other Areas" which includes venues that are not part of either Manila, Subic, or Clark clusters.

There are four designated clusters or hubs for the sporting events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games namely Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and "Other Areas".[48] Previously the fourth cluster was reportedly known as the BLT (Batangas, La Union, and Tagaytay) Cluster[49] The main hub is Clark featuring the still under construction sports complex at the New Clark City development in Capas, Tarlac.[50] The secondary venue will be Subic[51] while the tertiary venue will be Metro Manila and the other nearby areas.[52]

The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan[53] while the closing ceremony will be held in New Clark City.[54]

The Philippine Sports Commission confirmed that Manila will host boxing, basketball, and volleyball events while Subic will host water sport events.[55]

The construction of the NOC (National Olympic Committee) mansions and villas for accommodating of the delegates from the competing countries has been proposed to be built in New Clark City. Each mansion will have 15 to 17 rooms each.[56]

Proposed venues

Clark cluster

The Athletics Stadium of the New Clark City Sports Hub will host Athletics and the Closing Ceremony.
City/Municipality Venue Sports
Angeles AUF Gymnasium Arnis, Sambo, Wrestling[57][58]
DECA Clark Wakepark Wakeboarding, Waterskiing[58][59]
Lubao Pradera Verde Shooting[58][59]
Mabalacat Clark Parade Grounds Archery,[59] Rugby sevens[58][60]
Clark Global City Lawn Bowls[58][59]
Royce Hotel and Casino Dancesports,[58][59] Petanque[61]
The Villages Baseball, Softball[58][59]
San Fernando LausGroup Event Centre Judo, Jujitsu, Kurash[58][59]
Capas New Clark City Athletics Stadium Athletics[58][59]
New Clark City Aquatic Center Aquatics (Diving, Swimming, Water Polo) [58][59]
Tarlac City Luisita Golf and Country Club Golf[58][59]

Metro Manila cluster

The Mall of Asia Arena will host the Basketball events for 5v5.
The World Trade Center Metro Manila will host the Fencing, Karatedo and Wushu events.
City/Municipality Venue Sports
Makati Makati Coliseum Badminton[58]
Mandaluyong SM Megamall Ice Rink Speed Skating, Figure Skating[57][58]
Starmall EDSA-Shaw Bowling[58]
Manila Manila Hotel Tent Billiards[57][58]
Ninoy Aquino Stadium Taekwondo, Weightlifting[62]
Rizal Memorial Stadium Football (Men's)[54][58]
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Squash[58]
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex - Tennis Center Tennis, Soft tennis[58][63]
Rizal Memorial Coliseum Gymnastics (Aerobic, Artistic, Rhythmic)[62]
Muntinlupa Filinvest City Obstacle Course[64]
Pasay PICC Forum Boxing, Kickboxing[57][58]
Mall of Asia Arena Basketball[54][58]
SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink Ice hockey[58][59]
World Trade Center Fencing, Karatedo, Wushu[58][59]
Pasig PhilSports Arena Indoor Volleyball[65][62]
Quezon City Amoranto Sports Complex Cycling (Track)
San Juan Filoil Flying V Centre 3x3 Basketball,[59] Esports [57][58]

Subic cluster

The Subic Bay Yacht Club will host Sailing.
City/Municipality Venue Sports
Olongapo Lighthouse Marina Windsurfing[58][59]
Malaawan Park Canoe/kayak, Traditional boat race, Dragon boat racing[57][58]
Subic Bay Tennis Court Beach volleyball, Beach handball[58][59]
Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center Muay Thai, Pencak Silat, Table tennis[58][59]
Subic Bay Yacht Club Sailing[58][59]
Subic Gymnasium Sepak takraw[58][59]
Subic/Olongapo Subic Bay Boardwalk Aquatics (Open Water Swimming-10 km), Duathlon, Triathlon, Modern Pentathlon[58][59]
Travelers Hotel Chess[57][58]
Kamana Sanctuary, Triboa Bay Rowing[58]

Other areas

The Biñan Football Stadium will host women's football and selected men's football matches.
City/Municipality Venue Sports
Calatagan (Batangas) Miguel Romero Field[66] Polo[58][66]
Imus (Cavite) Vermosa Sports Hub Underwater hockey[58][67]
Tagaytay (Cavite) Tagaytay Cycling (BMX, Road, Mountain), Skateboarding[58][59]
Biñan (Laguna) Biñan Football Stadium Football (Women's and Men's)[58][68]
Los Baños (Laguna) Centro Mall Floorball, Indoor hockey[58][69][70]
Santa Rosa (Laguna) Sta. Rosa Sports Complex Netball[58][67]
San Juan (La Union)[71] Monalisa Point Surfing[58][72]

Non-competition venues

The Philippine Arena of the Ciudad de Victoria will host the Opening Ceremony.
Cluster City/Municipality Venue Events/Designation
Clark Angeles Bayanihan Park Countdown ceremony and launch
Clark International Airport Port of Entry
Parade Grounds Fan Zone
Capas NCC Athletic Stadium Closing ceremony
Athletes Village Official Residence of the Athletes
Mabalacat ASEAN Convention Center International Broadcast Center, Main Press Center[73]
Other Areas Bocaue (Bulacan) Philippine Arena Opening ceremony


Official launch and Branding

Officials lead the launch of the one-year countdown for the Games at the Bayanihan Park held on November 30, 2018.

The official launch and countdown ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was made at the Bayanihan Park at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga[74] which was attended by representatives of the 11 participating countries of the Games. At the ceremony the logo and theme of the Games were officially unveiled.[75] A 15 m (49 ft) structure consisting of 11 rings representing the 11 countries was also lit up as part of the countdown ceremony.[75] The mascot was shortly confirmed as official outside the countdown ceremony rites.[76]


"We Win As One", the official motto of the 2019 games.

The official motto of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as well as its theme is "We Win As One."[49]

A preview of the logo of the 2019 SEA Games was earlier presented in front of the Olympic Council of Asia on August 20, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia during the 2018 Asian Games. The official logo depicts 11 rings from the logo of the Southeast Asian Games Federation forming the shape the Philippines and colored with the red, blue, yellow and green.[77] It was made official during the launching ceremony in Bayanihan Park.


Pami, the official mascot of the games.

The games' mascot is dubbed as Pami, with their name derived from the "pamilya" the Filipino word for "family". According to 2019 SEA Games executive director Ramon Suzara, the mascot represents every nation, every athlete, every person coming together that support each other at the games. The mascot with a joyful character has been described to have been made from squishy spherical balls.[78] Just like the logo and theme, it was also previewed during the meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was made official during the countdown ceremony in Bayanihan Park.

Theme song

Ryan Cayabyab composed the official theme song of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games[47] which shares the name of the games' official slogan "We Win As One". Floy Quintos wrote the lyrics for the song which was officially launched on July 11, 2019.[79] Lea Salonga performed for the official release of theme song.[80] The theme song and music video for "We Win As One" was formally released on 3 September 2019 at the Resorts World Manila.[81][82] The music video which was shot at the New Clark City Sports Hub was directed by Shem Hampac and was produced by Equinox Manila.[83]

Cayabyab originally made the composition of the song with the expectation that 11 singers will do the official performance. The song was revised in order to be more suitable for a solo performance after Lea Salonga was tapped to do the performance.[84] Cayabyab and Jimmy Antiporda were the ones who was responsible for the arrange of the song.[85]

Official attire

Clothing for official use were designed for the games various use. The presenters of the games' victory ceremonies would be wearing attire inspired from Filipino traditional clothing namely the Balintawak dress, Barong Tagalog, and Baro't Saya. Color coded polo shirt and jacket will also be devised: For Southeast Asian Games Federation officials it will be blue, for technical officials, green, for volunteers, red, and Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) officials, navy blue. Business uniforms made by fashion designer Rajo Laurel will also be used. Laurel made two sets of uniform for women (black and white sets) and three sets for men (one black set and two white sets).[39]

The Barong Tagalog will be used as the official uniform for Team Philippines' parade in the 2019 SEA Games. The official uniform was designed by Francis Libiran. While the Filipino athletes' official training apparel is sponsored by Asics.[86]


There are at least three tiers of sponsorship for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, depending on the amount of funds a company contributes to the games; Silver sponsors contributed $500,000, Gold sponsors contributed $2 million, and Platinum sponsors contributed $3 million.[71] Philippine Airlines will provide the air transport for the delegates of the games.[87] Singapore-based Razer Inc. will be involved in the organization of the Esports events.[88]

Currently, there are at least ten sponsors: each two sponsors in Platinum, Gold and Silver; and four sponsors as official partners, while Bronze is still not yet announced.

Six companies have sealed their partnership agreements with PHISGOC during the sponsorship signing ceremonies on February 13, 2019. Atos, an international company which is also the IT Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is designated as the official games management system provider.[89] France-based GL Events will provide the overlays and temporary structures of the 39 sporting venues to be used for the 2019 SEA Games.[89] Grand Sport, a sports apparel company from Thailand, is the official provider of the uniforms for the workforce, volunteers and technical officials.[89] The official kits of the national athletes of the host country will be provided by Asics.[89] Mikasa, Marathon, and Molten are the providers of the official game balls and sporting equipment of the games, all brought in by Sonak Corporation.[89] PHISGOC appointed MediaPro Asia as the official exclusive production, media rights, marketing and sponsorship agent of the games.[90]

Autonomous vehicle (AV) service from United States-based COAST Autonomous will be used to serve athletes and officials between the athletes’ village, aquatic center and athletics stadium in New Clark City.[91] This will be the first ever implementation of an AV service in a major sporting event.[91]

SM Lifestyle, Inc., an arm of SM Prime Holdings, was named the regional games' official venue partner with the venue for men's basketball and ice hockey to be held in facilities managed by the SM Group.[92]

Skyworth was named as the official television partner in the games. They will also cover events prior to the competition proper including the torch relays in the Philippines and Malaysia, as well as the Game Hub and Fan Zones. The platinum-tier sponsorship was helped secured by Singapore firm Mediapro Asia.[93]

Mastercard is the main sponsor of the games' official mobile app which would allow users to view the schedule and results as well purchase tickets and food in the venue.[94]

2019 Southeast Asian Games sponsors[95]
Tier/Sponsorship Sponsoring firms
Platinum Atos,[95] Ajinomoto,[96][97] Pagcor,[98] Skyworth, CooCaa[99]Philippine Airlines,[71][95] Pinaco[100], Morris Garages, Phoenix Petroleum[101]
Gold Pocari Sweat,[102] Nestlé (Milo),[103] Mastercard[94], PLDT-Smart, NLEX-SCTEX[104]
Preferred Partners ASICS, GL Events,[95] Grand Sport,[95] BMW Philippines,[105] SM Lifestyle, Inc.[106]
Prestige Partners[95] Molten Corporation, Mikasa Sports, Marathon
Official Banking Partners China Bank, PNB[107]
Official Convenience Store FamilyMart[108]
Official Media Partners[95] Inquirer Group of Companies,[109] CNN Philippines,[110] Digital Out of Home (DOOH), United Neon Media Group[111]
Official Host Broadcaster[95] NEP[112]
Official Broadcasters ABS-CBN, TV5 Network, One Sports, Cignal, SkyCable, S+A, ESPN 5,[113]

The Games

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The Philippine Arena in Bocaue will host the opening ceremony.
The Athletics Stadium in New Clark City will host the closing ceremony.

The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan is planned to be the venue of the opening ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.[53]

The opening ceremony will be reportedly inspired from the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The organizers have announced plans to conduct a digital lighting of the flame during the event but added they have a backup plan for a "normal, traditional opening ceremony".[56] FiveCurrents, the live content creators that produced the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, will be the producer for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies together with the local producers; Video Sonic and Stage Craft.[71][114]

Filipino-American artist, of The Black Eyed Peas will perform at the opening ceremony. Collaborating with Ryan Cayabyab, he will be performing a remix of his troupe's song rendered in Filipino traditional instruments and orchestral accompaniment.[115][116] Previously the organizers negotiated with another Filipino-American artist, Bruno Mars, to do the same.[117] In August 2019, organizers are planning to have local artists Lea Salonga and Arnel Pineda perform in the opening ceremony.[35]

The closing ceremony will be held in the athletics stadium in New Clark City.[54] The Black Eyed Peas as a group will perform in the closing ceremony.[115]

There are also plans for artists representing each of the 11 Southeast Asian Nations to perform in the opening and closing ceremonies.[115]

Participating nations

All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) are expected to take part in the 2019 SEA Games. Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.


A record of 529 events in 56 sports have been approved to be contested at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games making this edition the largest Southeast Asian Games in terms of the number of sports and events contested.[118] An initial list of 32 sports to be contested at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was agreed upon following the two-day SEA Games Federation Council Meeting from May 16–17, 2018 at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.[119] Badminton was initially excluded by the hosts from the initial list, but was reinstated following the objections of the National Olympic Committees of Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.[120] Vovinam was later dropped from the finalized list of sports released by the organizers in mid-December 2018[121] and polo was included in January 2019.[66]

The following is a list of sports to be contested at the games including partial figures for the number of events in each sport:[121]

In addition the following will be demonstrations events:[122]

The proposal to include additional sports was allowed through suggestions of the different NOCs until June 13, 2018.[30] There was reportedly a provision that a proposed sport must be backed by at least four nations to be instated to the list.[123] Among the sports proposed to be included in the final list are e-sports, netball, obstacle course, sambo, skateboarding, shuttlecock, surfing, water skiing, sports rock climbing, and aero sports[119] Malaysia planned to propose the inclusion of tennis, ice skating and martial arts which featured in the previous edition[120] while Cambodia lobbied for the inclusion of tennis, petanque, and vovinam.[123]

On September 30, 2018 during a meeting at the SEA Games Council Federation headquarters in Bangkok. The NOCs of Southeast Asia approved 56 sports in total to be contested in the Games; all sports were proposed by the NOC of the host nation except the disciplines of floorball, vovinam, and indoor hockey which were lobbied for by the other NOCs.[118] Arnis, a Filipino martial art, was last featured as a demonstration sport in the 2005 edition. Arnis will be a regular sport in the 2019 games, and its national sport association lobbied for 20 events for the discipline (16 in combat; 4 in anyo (lit. form))[124] The Philippines will introduce 3x3 basketball for the first time in the history of the games.[125]

Upon the approval of the 56 proposed sports, it was reported that no additional sports was to be added.[118] However the Philippine Olympic Committee later announced that it would propose the addition of beach handball and beach netball after consultations with the sports' respective national associations to the final list of sports to be contested in the games to be agreed upon on November.[126] Following a meeting of the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council from November 23–24, 2018, the approval of the 56 proposed sports were finalized with 529 events planned to be contested. The number of events was finalized by mid-December 2018.[49]

Underwater hockey was relegated to a demonstration sport due to insufficient nations participating in the events.[122]


OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
November December Events
  Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Aquatics   Diving TBA
  Open Water
  Water polo
  Archery TBA
  Athletics TBD
  Arnis TBA
  Badminton TBA
Baseball / Softball   Baseball TBA
Basketball   Basketball TBA
  3x3 Basketball
  Billiards TBA
  Bowling TBA
  Boxing TBA
Canoeing   Traditional Boat Racing TBA
  Canoe / Kayak
  Chess TBA
  Cycling TBA
  Dancesport TBA
  Esports TBA
  Fencing TBA
  Floorball TBA
  Football TBA
  Golf TBA
  Gymnastics TBA
  Beach handball TBA
  Indoor hockey TBA
  Ice hockey TBA
Ice skating   Figure skating TBA
  Short track
  Jujitsu TBA
  Judo TBA
  Karate TBA
  Kickboxing TBA
  Kurash TBA
Lawnbowls / Petanque   Lawnbowls TBA
  Modern pentathlon TBA
  Muaythai TBA
  Netball TBA
  Obstacle racing TBA
  Pencak silat TBA
  Polo TBA
  Rowing TBA
  Rugby TBA
Sailing / Windsurfing   Sailing TBA
  Sambo TBA
  Sepak takraw TBA
  Shooting TBA
  Skateboarding TBA
  Soft tennis TBA
  Squash TBA
  Surfing TBA
  Table tennis TBA
  Taekwondo TBA
  Tennis TBA
Duathlon / Triathlon   Duathlon TBA
  Underwater hockey TBA
Volleyball   Indoor TBA
  Wakeboarding / Waterski TBA
  Weightlifting TBA
  Wrestling TBA
  Wushu TBA
Daily medal events
Cumulative total
November December

Note: Partial calendar only. Full medal event date allocations to be announced.

Medal table

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games has 530 events in 56 sports, resulting in 530 medal sets to be distributed. Other additional number of medal sets that will be distributed, will be announced before the awarding of different sports in the games respectively.

  *   Host nation (Philippines)

2019 Southeast Asian Games Medal Table
1  Philippines (PHI)*0000
Totals (1 nocss)0000


During the Games, which will be held from November 30 to December 11 some sports events will be broadcast live. The broadcasting channels will be announced before or during the game.


  *   Host nation (Philippines)

2019 SEA Games Broadcasters rights in Southeast Asia
IOC Code Country Broadcast network Television network Radio network Digital network
CAM   Cambodia TBA TBA TBA
INA   Indonesia Indonesian Public Broadcaster
MNC Media[128]Kompas Gramedia Group

Kompas TV
MNC Vision
MNC Play


MNC Trijaya FM
Global Radio
V Radio
LAO   Laos Laos National Radio and Television Lao National Television Lao National Radio
MAS   Malaysia TBA TBA TBA
MYA   Myanmar Myanmar Radio and Television Myanmar Television
Myanmar Radio
PHI   Philippines* NEP Group
TV5 Network
Nine Media Corporation
5 Plus [130]
One Sports
CNN Philippines
DZMM Radyo Patrol 630[130]
Radyo5 92.3 News FM Manila
iWant Sports
SGP   Singapore Mediacorp Channel 5
Channel U
Channel 8
Capital 95.8FM
Class 95FM
Gold 905FM
Love 97.2FM
Symphony 92.4FM
Y.E.S. 93.3FM

THA   Thailand Television Pool of Thailand (TPT) BEC-TV Channel 3
Royal Thai Army Channel 5
BBTV Channel 7
MCOT Channel 9
NBT Channel 11
MCOT Radio Network
NBT Radio
TLS   Timor Leste RTTL Televisão Timor Leste Radio Timor Leste
VIE   Vietnam VTV VTV5
Voice of Vietnam VTVcab

In November 2018, it was reported that TV5 was negotiating for the broadcasting rights for the games in the Philippines.[131] ABS-CBN, PTV and 5 will telecast the games on free TV.[130] 11 sports will be broadcast live in the Philippines while only highlights will be aired for other events.[132]

Concerns and controversies

  • The Philippines also withdrew to host the 2019 SEA Games after Brunei's withdrawal. But on August 2018 the Philippines Sports Commission reversed their decision and accepted to host 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.[133]
  • The logo and mascot received backlash and heavy criticism, mostly from Filipinos. They cited that it shows no creativity and a disgust to the artistic culture of the Philippines.[134]
  • Vietnam criticized the exclusion of athletics events namely women's long jump, high jump, heptathlon, the marathon, the men's and women's 10,000m race which they consider as traditional events as "unreasonable". The marathon in particular has featured in every iteration of the games since the first edition in 1896.[135]
  • There were reports in March 2019 that the Philippines might lose hosting rights of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games due to budgetary concerns and an alleged leadership dispute within the Philippine Olympic Committee. The proposed budget allotted for the games has been cut down by Senate to ₱5 billion from ₱7.5 billion. The chairman of the organizing committee, Alan Peter Cayetano has assured that the hosting will push through citing support from the private sector and continued efforts by the organizers to secure government funding for the games.[136]
  • The Vietnam Football Federation filed a complaint regarding the seeding of the Vietnam national team in Pot 4 for the men's football tournament draw along with Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Timor-Leste. They questioned how could Vietnam which collected 10 points in the group stage of the 2017 edition of the games or higher than the two teams seeded Pot 3 (Myanmar with 9 points and Singapore with 6 points).[137] Vietnam was later elevated to Pot 3 and Singapore relegated to Pot 4.[138]
  • There was allegation of corruption by the PHILSOC Foundation lead by Alan Peter Cayetano particularly it entered in an allegedly overprice deal regarding athlete uniform and sporting equipment. The Philippine government said that there could not be any corruption since it is the Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Budget and Management are responsible for disbursement of funds in the games.[139]
  • Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) President Alvin Aguilar alleged Phisgoc Executive Director Tom Carrasco of sabotage regarding the exclusion of wrestling from the games. Aguilar said that Carrasco trimmed the number of events in wrestling including grappling events which WAP concluded that the Philippines has strong chances of performing well before excluding it from the games altogether. Carrasco refuted saying that wrestling's international federation, United World of Wrestling (UWW) should have signed the sport's events handbook for the games. Aguilar said that UWW did indeed signed the document by its Vice President, but Carassco insists it should be the organization's president.[140] Wrestling was reinstated after the game organizers received a letter from UWW Secretary General Michel Dusson regarding its consent to include the sport in the games.[141]
  • The late decision taken by host Philippines for changes of several tournament venues to the capital of Manila dissatisfied the Malaysian contingent as expressed by their Chef-de-Mission to the Games, Megat Zulkarnain Omardin as it would have an impact on their logistics since the capital was already crowded. The Chef-de-Mission added that the host also still did not distribute technical handbooks on the events that were supposed to be handed out earlier to every competing countries for their preparation, which causing problems for athletes and officials to manage their schedules ahead of the tournament.[142]

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Southeast Asian Games

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