Ice hockey, ice skating could feature at 2017 Malaysian edition

Singapore's men national ice hockey team during a friendly match at The Rink at JCube on Feb 19, 2014. Ice hockey and ice skating will be considered for the programme at the next SEA Games in Malaysia in 2017. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Singapore's men national ice hockey team during a friendly match at The Rink at JCube on Feb 19, 2014. Ice hockey and ice skating will be considered for the programme at the next SEA Games in Malaysia in 2017. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two winter sports, ice hockey and ice skating, will be considered for the programme for the next SEA Games in Malaysia in 2017 - the first time in the event's history.

Members of the South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) accepted the recommendations for the inclusion of the sports at a meeting on Thursday at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

Cricket, tarung derajat (an Indonesian martial art) and bridge also joined the list of approved SEA Games sports.

The 2017 Games will be held across three states in Malaysia - Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak - in September.

At the meeting, Brunei relinquished its host status for the 2019 SEA Games, while the Philippines expressed interest in taking over the slot.

The SEA Games are held every two years.

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