Two more cities want to host 2019 Asian Games

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Aside from Jakarta, Indonesia, two other cities geographically close the Philippines, are bidding to host the 2019 Asian Games.

According to reports published online, Kaohsiung, in Taiwan, which hosted matches during the Davis Cup in 2013, is interested.

And so is Malaysia, which has indicated its intentions to replace Vietnam as the host country for the games, on the condition that the Olympic Council of Asia will help pay for the cost.

Regional organizers are now scrambling to look for a host to replace Vietnam after the Vietnamese government announced two weeks ago that it was withdrawing as host.

The 2019 event was due to be staged in Hanoi, but organizers backed out, citing a lack of money.

Meanwhile, Philippine Sports Commission chief and Asian Games chef de mission Ricardo “Richie” Garcia and the Philippines is good for at least five medals in the quadrennial meet.

He believes that athletes can win these medals in wushu, taekwondo, archery and taekwondo.

And if not in the martial arts, or combat sports, the country also has a fighting chance in basketball and cycling.

Garcia said this as Asian Games task force prepares to submit the names of 150 athletes, who could surely make it to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea this week.

The names of the athletes will be submitted to organizers before the Wednesday deadline.

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