Vietnam faces deadline on SEAG hosting

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star
Vietnam faces deadline on SEAG hosting
Rep. Abraham Tolentino
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines — The SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) has given Vietnam until October to decide whether or not it will push through with its Southeast Asian Games hosting next year.

If Vietnam remains undecided by that time, the SEAGF may be forced to cancel the biennial event outright. If that happens, Vietnam can host the SEA Games in 2027 after Thailand in 2025.

“The consensus was for Vietnam to make a decision, otherwise, the 31st SEA Games would be cancelled,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino, who met with the SEAGF online last Friday.

The congressman from Tagaytay said majority of the 11-nation SEAGF were in agreement that the ideal month to host the event is in late May so that it will not run in conflict with other major events scheduled that same year.

It includes the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Bangkok and Chonburi, Thailand in March and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September.

The Winter Games in February in Beijing and the World Games in Birmingham, USA in July are also set next year.

“There are three major Asian and two international competitions in 2022. That leaves Vietnam a very small window to hold the SEA Games,” said the PhilCycling chief.

“All these five competitions are major events, and they are staged once every four years,” he added.

Vietnam, which was forced to postpone hosting the SEA Games due to the pandemic, could also not set it in the latter part of next year since the 2023 SEA Games edition has been scheduled in February by host Cambodia.

“That’s the reason Vietnam could only have until the latter part of May to host,” said Tolentino.

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