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Hal ini diketahui setelah AFF resmi telah menunjuk Myanmar dan Filipina sebagai tuan rumah bersama untuk ajang tersebut dalam rapat yang telah digelar di Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Sebelumnya, Indonesia memang menjadi salah satu dari tiga nominator ajang dua tahunan tersebut. Namun akhirnya setelah melalui proses diskusi yang panjang, AFF akhirnya telah memutuskan untuk menunjuk Myanmar dan Filipina.

Bagi Myanmar dan Filipina sendiri, kesempatan ini juga merupakan kali pertama yang mereka dapatkan untuk dapat menggelar event ini. Khusus bagi Myanmar, kualitas fasilitas mereka juga sudah terbukti di ajang SEA Games yang baru saja berakhir.

Untuk edisi 2014 mendatang, ajang ini juga akan mengambil tempat di Singapura dan Vietnam. Edisi ini juga akan menjadi saksi keikutsertaan Australia untuk pertama kalinya di ajang ini.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

INDONESIA GAGAL MENJADI TUAN RUMAH
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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

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