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The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

“The Philip­pines can be the next host of the Asian Games,” said Tho­hir.

Indonesia will host the 2018 Asian Games in Au­gust, to be fol­lowed by China in 2022 and Ja­pan in 2026. The Philip­pines, which has hosted the Asian Games only once (in 1954), may step into the picture.

“The Philip­pines can be one of the can­di­dates,” said Tho­hir.

They felt like mu­sic to the ears of Ricky Var­gas, the pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee.

“If only Filipinos put their hearts and minds into it… we can do this again (host­ing), even on a larger scale. If we learn from this ex­pe­ri­ence, this will give us enough courage,” he said.

The 66-year-old POC pres­i­dent said 2030 is a lit­tle too far ahead, and pointed to the oth­ers at the head ta­ble to take a good look at the pos­si­bil­ity.

“The younger guys here can prob­a­bly host that,” he said, men­tion­ing Patrick Gre­go­rio, the POC sec­re­tary­gen­eral.

The pres­i­dent of the Asian Games Fed­er­a­tion yes­ter­day made a pitch for the Philip­pines as pos­si­ble host of the qua­dren­nial event in 2030.

“I’m re­ally sure that the next step for the Philip­pines is host­ing the Asian Games in 2030,” said Indonesia’s Er­ick Tho­hir.

The In­done­sian busi­ness­man and sports­man is in the coun­try for the SEA Games Fed­er­a­tion meet­ing, lead­ing up to the Philip­pines’ host­ing of the SEA Games in Novem­ber next year.

Tho­hir, also the pres­i­dent of the In­done­sian Olympic Com­mit­tee, said that in his two days here in the coun­try he was quite cer­tain the next SEA Games will be a hit.

“The Philip­pines will try to or­ga­nize the big­gest ever SEA Games,” said Tho­hir dur­ing a press con­fer­ence.

“They’re build­ing new cities and new venues. The SEA Games (host­ing) is not just about sports. It’s also busi­ness. It cre­ates jobs,” he said.

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