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Brunei gives up 2019 SEA Games hosting rights

Brunei has given up its hosting rights for the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games multi-sport event in 2019.

The tiny nation on the island of Borneo relinquished its rights at a meeting of the SEA Games Federation in Singapore yesterday (Thursday).

The Brunei National Olympic Committee said that it would be unable to stage the event due to “a lack of venues, accommodation and preparation time,” according to the Olympic Council of Asia.

The Philippines National Olympic Committee has already shown an interest in stepping in to stage the event.

In other news, the SEA Games Federation accepted five new sports. Ice hockey, ice skating, cricket, bridge and tarung derajat – a martial art from Indonesia – will be eligible for inclusion in the next edition of the Games in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.