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Asian Games: Replacement hosts needed fast but it won't be Singapore, says IOC's Ng

Published on Apr 18, 2014 4:46 PM
 
The Olympic Council of Asia must move fast to find a replacement city to host the 2019 Asian Games,  International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Ng Ser Miang told Reuters on Friday, April 18, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

(REUTERS) - The Olympic Council of Asia must move fast to find a replacement city to host the 2019 Asian Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Ng Ser Miang told Reuters on Friday.

But the chief of the IOC's finance commission ruled out his suitable Singapore homeland as an option.

Vietnam's government announced its surprise decision on Thursday to quit as hosts of the event in their capital Hanoi, citing a lack of preparedness and concerns that holding the multi-sport event for the first time would not prove financially viable.

Wealthy Singapore will host the much smaller SEA Games in 2015 for 11 South-east Asian countries in their soon to open US$1 billion (S$1.25 billion) sports hub, which includes a 55,000-seat stadium, and 6,000-capacity aquatics centre, but were not seeking any extra work load at short notice.

 
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