SEA Games: Ice hockey, ice skating could feature at 2017 Malaysian edition

Yu Shuran competing at the 2015 Singapore National Figure Skating Championships in April 2015 at The Rink at JCube.-- PHOTO: SINGAPORE ICE SKATING ASSOCIATION 
Yu Shuran competing at the 2015 Singapore National Figure Skating Championships in April 2015 at The Rink at JCube.-- PHOTO: SINGAPORE ICE SKATING ASSOCIATION 
(left to right) Malaysia's Wong De Vin, Mongolia's Demchigsuren Dembereldavga and Singapore's Matthew Mak competing in the Junior age group for short track speed skating at the 2013 ISU World Development Trophy held at The Rink at JCube.  -- PHO
(left to right) Malaysia's Wong De Vin, Mongolia's Demchigsuren Dembereldavga and Singapore's Matthew Mak competing in the Junior age group for short track speed skating at the 2013 ISU World Development Trophy held at The Rink at JCube.  -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE ICE SKATING ASSOCIATION
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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