SEA Games: Concurrent 2017 SEA Games, Asean Para Games proposal rejected

Tunku Imran, president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, receives the SEA Games Federation flag at the closing ceremony of the 28th SEA Games, on June 16, 2015.
Tunku Imran, president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, receives the SEA Games Federation flag at the closing ceremony of the 28th SEA Games, on June 16, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR - The SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) on Friday rejected Malaysia's proposal to host the 2017 SEA Games and Asean Para Games concurrently.

SEAGF chairman Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said that out of the 11 member countries, nine were not in favour of the plan. One of the reasons mentioned was due to the tradition and culture that has long been maintained by the SEAGF.

"When it came to the discussion concerning the issue, many countries had shown their interest but when it was time to vote whether to accept the decision, nine countries voted to support yesterday's decision.

"While two others (Malaysia and Laos) agreed," he told reporters.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the next SEA Games in 2019 will be hosted by the Philippines.