DAVAO CITY -- Not this year. The Philippines will host the Bimp-Eaga Friendship Games in 2020 instead.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, during the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at Hukad, The Annex of SM City Davao, said his executive assistant Karlo Paolo Pates and another PSC staff Michelle Balunan attended a Bimp-Eaga Council meeting in Indonesia where Brunei Darussalam confirmed its hosting of the 2018 edition of the Games.
"Nag-confirm na ang Brunei maghost December next year. The Philippines will host it in 2020," Maxey said.
He also said that had Brunei begged off from next year's hosting, the country will host the Bimp-Eaga Friendship Games and bring it to Davao City instead.
Maxey also said that swimming, which was not included in past stagings of the biennial goodwill games, will be making its debut in Brunei.
He added, "More contact sports have also been included."
The PSC commissioner also bared that 2018 will be a busy year in Mindanao as more Children's Games, consultative meetings, coaches' education and talent ID will be conducted.
"Ma-busy jud mi labi na sa (We will be busy especially with the) Children's Games because this is the brainchild of Chairman (William) Ramirez. We plan to have more kids participate in this undertaking considering that the Children's Games had been recognized by Unesco," Maxey said. (PR)