It follows a recommendation from the Philippine Sports Commission that said the decision was in the interests of "safety and security."

The country is only other outside China and Hong Kong (China) to have reported a fatality from the virus.

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Athletes were due to compete between January 18 and 24, but due to financial and logistical issues, the Games were pushed back to March 20-28.

Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo held talks with the ASEAN Para Sports Federation about its plan to postpone last week in Thailand.

He was quoted as saying on that the Philippines hoped to find a solution so the event could take place in May or June.

The ASEAN Para Games are supposed to follow the Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines hosted from November 30 to December 11.

Athletes are due to compete across 19 sports in New Clark City, Subic and Manila. They will receive qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games from the competition.

Source: VNA