CAMSOC: Vietnam postpones SEA Games 2021 until next year
The Cambodia SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) said the 2021 Southeast Asian Games will be postponed until next year after its organizers encounter difficulties due to the Covid pandemic. 19.
The Vietnamese Olympic Committee (VOC) sent a letter to its Cambodian counterpart informing them of its intention to postpone the event to July 2022. The other NOCs in the region have also received the same letter.
The SEA Games 2021 was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“But it’s not official yet. The SEA Games Federation will be holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the matter. A final decision will be made later, ”said Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of CAMSOC.
Earlier, the COV had assured Cambodia’s National Olympic Committee that the Games would go ahead as planned. 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 have been severely affected by the latest community epidemic, according to Vietnamese media.
Training programs have been halted and there have been delays in site preparation due to the pandemic.
SEA Games events will also take place in Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Nam Dinh, Pho Tho, Quang Ninh, Hoa Binh, Hai Duong, Vĩnh Phúc, Ninh Bình and Haiphong City provinces.
Last week, Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore, suggested that ASEAN countries co-host the next SEA Games.
The SEA Games have only been interrupted once. The 1963 SEA Games (then known as the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games) failed due to political instability in Cambodia (the host country) and disagreement with the International Federation of amateur athletics.
More than 10,000 athletes, coaches and sports officials from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia are expected to travel to Hanoi for the SEA 2021 Games.
Cambodia plans to send a delegation of 500 people to the event, according to CAMSOC.
Participants will compete in 40 sports, including judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, kickboxing, kurash, muay thai, pencak silat, pétanque, rowing, sepak takraw, water sports, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball ball, billiards, bodybuilding, bowling, boxing, canoeing, chess, xiangqi, cycling, dance, fencing, golf, gymnastics, handball, shooting, shuttlecock, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, vovinam, e-sports, football, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.
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