first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The celebration will now be held on August 30, instead of August 31 which is the eve of the key holiday for Muslims, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.Khairy told reporters on Tuesday that the change of date would not be an issue for the games which begin on August 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The closing date of the SEA Games has been brought forward by one day, from August 31 to August 30. This is for us to celebrate a (Muslim) religious event … which falls on August 31,” the minister said.“But this will not create any big problems to the competition in terms of venue or accommodation because we had created a buffer period from the start of the competition.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Metta scores 18 in possible farewell, Lakers top Pelicans It has taken years of meticulous planning but the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was forced to make a last-minute change to its schedule after organizers discovered its closing ceremony clashed with an important annual religious holiday.Just months before the start of the biennial event in August, authorities announced the closing ceremony in Muslim-majority Malaysia will be a day earlier than scheduled, due to the clash with Islamic festival Hari Raya Haji.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View comments Khairy added there will be some changes made to the schedule of a few sports events but that “by August 30th we would have finished all the events”.The previous SEA Games unfolded in Singapore, which produced a slickly-organized event based around their newly-built, billion-dollar Sports Hub complex.However, there were several controversies at the Games including arrests for alleged football match-fixing, and the Philippines’ request for a gender test on an Indonesian women’s volleyball player.Suspected food poisoning laid low several cyclists, and Malaysians rallied round a top gymnast after critics slammed her for competing in revealing clothing.Filipinos John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo became inadvertent hits when footage of their consecutive, zero-point botched dives went viral on the Internet.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img

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