Asean sports ministers meet in Manila

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    SPORTS Ministers from Association of Southeast Asian countries and Japan gather in Manila today as the five-day 5th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Sports and other Related Meetings get going.

    The event, led by the Asean Secretariat on Education, Youth and Sports, is hosted by the Philippine Sports Commission.

    PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, who chairs the AMMS-5 from this year up to 2020, said the event “is another chance to connect with our neighbors and together strengthen the foothold of sports in the everyday lives of our people.”

    The sports chief hopes to further boost the country’s agenda in prioritizing “sports for all” with the members of the Asean.

    His Excellency Sar Sokha of Cambodia, Phouvanh Vongsouthi of Laos, Tan Wei Ming of Singapore, Ahmad Shapawi Bin Ismail of Malaysia, His Excellency Aminuddin Ihsan Pehn Dato HJ Abidin of Brunei-Darussalam, Mya Than Htike of Myanmar, Kumekawa Hirokazu of Japan, Le Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam and His Excellency Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn of Thailand lead their respective delegations in the policy-setting event.

    To be discussed are the implementation of the regional projects and activities based on the Asean Work Plan on Sports for 2016-2020, the Asean bid for the FIFA World Cup, establishment of the eSports SEA Foundation, and the discussion of the decisions from the previous AMMS and SOMS meetings, among others. The results of initial assessments for the ASEAN meetings plus Japan will also be given focus.

    In an initial meeting with Asean Secretariat representatives, Chandra Putra and Larasati Indrawagita, officials from the Education, Youth and Sports Division in June this year, preparations for the conclave was initiated, picking-up from issues and initiatives raised in the previous edition in Myanmar.