CAMSOC: Vietnam to postpone 2021​ SEA Games to next year


The Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) said the 2021 Southeast Asian Games will be postponed to next year after its organisers run into difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Vietnam Olympic Committee (VOC) sent a letter to its counterpart in Cambodia informing that it intends to postpone the event to July 2022. The other NOCs in the region also received the same letter.

The 2021 SEA Games was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

“But this is not yet official. The SEA Games Federation will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the matter. A final decision will be released afterwards,” Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of CAMSOC, said.

Earlier, the VOC assured the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia that the Games will push through as scheduled. But apparently, the challenges on the ground are too difficult to overcome.

Vietnam is grappling with a worsening health crisis. Hanoi and 11 other localities that will host the Games were heavily affected by the latest community outbreak, according to Vietnamese media reports.

Training programmes were disrupted and there were delays in preparing the venues due to the pandemic.

SEA Games events will also be held in the provinces of Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Nam Dinh, Pho Tho, Quang Ninh, Hoa Binh, Hai Duong, Vĩnh Phúc, Ninh Bình and Haiphong city.

Last week, Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore, suggested that Asean nations should co-host the upcoming SEA Games.

The SEA Games has only been interrupted once. The 1963 SEA Games (then known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games) did not push through due to political instability in Cambodia (host country) and disagreement with the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

More than 10,000 athletes, coaches and sports officials from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia are due to fly to Hanoi for the 2021 SEA Games.

Cambodia is planning to send a 500-person delegation to the event, according to CAMSOC.

The participants will compete in 40 sports, including judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, kickboxing, kurash, muay thai, pencak silat, petanque, rowing, sepak takraw, aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiards, bodybuilding, bowling, boxing, canoeing, chess, xiangqi, cycling, dancesport, fencing, golf, gymnastics, handball, shooting, shuttlecock, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, vovinam, e-sports, football, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

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