Philippines to host 2013 Centennial Asian Games


MANILA — The Olympic Council of Asia has designated the Philippines as host of the Centennial Asian Games celebration in 2013.

Philippine Olympic Committee chair Monico Puentevella yesterday said athletes and officials from the 45 member-countries of OCA are expected to participate in what will be called the Asian Unity Games to be held in late November 2013 in world famous Boracay.

Puentevella said the Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. immediately formed an executive task force after the OCA approved the hosting during its general assembly meeting last week in Tokyo.

Cojuangco and Puentevella made the pitch to host the event which was also attended by POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and OCA athletes commission member Mikee Jaworski.

The Asian Games started as the Far Eastern Games, which had its inaugural in Manila 1913. The first Asian Games was held in 1951 in New Delhi.

Puentevella said outstanding athletes all over Asia in the last 100 years will be invited while active national athletes from the 45 nations will compete in several disciplines, including beach volleyball and open sea marathon.

“We haven’t hosted an event of such magnitude in the last 50 years or so,” said Puentevella, whose father, the late Jesus Puentevella, donned the national colors in tennis and baseball during the 1st Far Eastern Games.

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  • Patrick Villena

    I wish Mr.MVP can help the Phillippines to bid for other upcoming sports events such  hosting Olympic games here and FIBA championship

  • Anonymous

    To those who are a bit confused: This is not the main Asian Games. the next Asian Games is in 2014 to be hosted by Incheon, South Korea. This is the Asian Beach Games. Just like the Olympics, the Asian Games has other events such as Asian Games (equivalent to the Summer Olympics), Winter Asian Games (Winter Olympics) Para-Asian Games (Para-lympics), Youth Asian Games (like the Youth Olympics). in addition, Asia also has Indoor Asian Games (for indoor sports) and Asian Beach Games (for beach sports). On 2013, Boracay will host the Asian Beach Games which will coincide with the celebration of the Asian Games Centennial (first held as Far Eastern Games in 1913 in Manila).

  • Anonymous

    @Gee Jay & akram: I think you two need to catch up with your reading comprehension skills to avoid posting inane comments! The article is not about Asian Games per se but only a CELEBRATION of the 100th year of the Asian Games. In Tagalog, ipinagdiriwang lamang ang ika-isandaan taon ng Asian Games. Gets?

    • Gee Jay Coleco

      Ohh. Salamat ha! Ang galing mo talagang mag-explain!

    • Anonymous

      Ahh ganun ba acero. TAN_  IN_ MO. Alamin mo muna totoong tatay mo. Sa dami ng tumira sa nanay mo hindi mo pa rin alam hangang ngayon kung sino.

  • Anonymous

    Philippines auhorities better make sure  to get serious to minimise crimes before such big event take place, 

  • Gee Jay Coleco

    Labo ng news na to. LOL. Asian Games is being held every four years. China was the host last year. Next is 2014, South Korea will be the host. So ano ba talaga? Tapos sa Boracay pa? 

  • Anonymous

    This sounds dodgy. Asian Games in Boracay? Asian Games; beach volleyball & open sea marathon? Asian Unity Games? Centenial Asian Games? Ano ba talaga mga tita?

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