MYANMAR— SEA GAMES 2013 News Update: Two days before the grand opening ceremony date, Indonesian women football team withdraws. The 27th South East Asian Games will officially start Dec 11 to 22 Dec 2013.
The SEA Games 2013 women’s football competition suffered its second defection, with Indonesia confirming a long-held rumor that they will not compete in the 27th SEA Games.
Indonesia was to compete in Group (B). With their withdrawal, there are now two groups of three teams each. Group (B) consists of Thailand, Laos and Malaysia, while Group (A) features Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Scheduling for the women’s competition has also taken a hit, with the previous format of two games a day, now shifted to but a single match per competition night at Mandalay’s MandalarThiri Stadium. For fans thatpurchased tickets for the Indonesia–Myanmar match, the Myanmar Football Federation will refund the cost of the ticket.
The decision by Indonesia to drop out of women’s football follows an earlier cancellation by Timor-Leste. On the men’s side, the Philippines also cancelled their participation in football ahead of the 2013 SEA Games. Source: Official Website for 27th SEA Games Myanmar.
The 27th SEA Games 2013 will be held jointly with the co-host cities Naypyidaw, Yangon, and Mandalay in Myanmar as official host country.