The sports that made the initial cut for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games number 30 but, while many of those that reached the quota were expected to land on the list, some didn't get the nod as part of the first batch unveiled on Thursday by the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee.
Athletics and aquatics, the centerpiece events of any multi-sports competition, are a no-brainer, and beloved local sports such as basketball, billiards, boxing and volleyball are shoo-ins.
Baseball and softball, two sports that Filipinos excel in but were omitted during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, are returning, as are dancesport and local indigenous sport arnis, which were both played when the Philippines last hosted the Games in 2005.
Jiu-jitsu, a combat sport that has become popular in the Philippines, is on the calendar, too.
Several sports played in the Kuala Lumpur Games were noticeably absent.
Ice hockey, lawn bowls, and the indigenous combat sport pencak silat were denied spots, despite delivering a gold each for the Philippines in 2017.
The ice hockey squad led by Francois Emmanuel Gautier defeated Thailand to claim to the inaugural title at the Games, while the team of Emmanuel Portacio, Ronald Lising, Leoncio Carreon Jr. and Curte Robert Guari bagged the gold in the men's 4s event in lawn bowls.
All in all, the Philippines took home 6 medals in lawn bowls.
In pencak silat, Dines Dumaan (men's tanding Class A 45 to 50 kilograms) won the title in the Malaysia Games, to go with other 4 bronze medals by his teammates.
Field hockey, ice skating, netball, petanque, rugby 7s, table tennis, tennis and waterskiing weren't also considered.
Additional sports may still be added to the list upon the suggestions of the member-countries but should be made before June 13.
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