Organizers add more SEAG events to Hanoi

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Many events of the 31st Southeast Asian Games will now take place in Hanoi.

Organizers have discussed this with member countries, including the Philippines, following a recent online meeting, where they also released health and safety guidelines that bear similarities to what has been done. at the Tokyo Olympics.

Authorities in Vietnam, which previously planned to broadcast events in many provinces, made the decision to add more events to Hanoi after the country recorded its first community cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

So far, 21 events will take place in Hanoi when the games take place from May 12 to 23 this year.

There will be 11 more taking place within the 100 kilometer radius of Hanoi, while seven will take place in Quang Ninh, 194 km away.

Two others will be carried out in Haiphong, 118 km from the capital.

The biennial meeting will involve 11 neighboring localities, with 40 sports with 526 events and 10,000 participants.

Some of the events to be held in Hanoi include kurash, gymnastics, taekwondo, basketball, billiards, sepak takraw, bowling, electronic sports, vovinam, jiujitsu, wrestling, dance sports, l athletics and swimming.

Also listed are weightlifting, archery, bodybuilding, fencing, judo, pencak silat and wushu.

The Chef de Mission of the Philippine National Delegation and the Philippine Sports Commissioner, Ramon Fernandez, were briefed on the status of the venues that will be used at the biennial meeting.

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Vietnam, organizers have laid out strict health and safety protocols that must be followed during the Games.

“There was nothing more important in the meeting than the protocols they presented,” Fernandez said.

The Philippines will send a delegation of 584 athletes and 161 officials to the games, with 80 athletes on the call-up list.

“We understand the situation due to PSC’s budget constraints, so we have to apply belt-tightening measures with regards to officials and equipment,” Philippine Olympic Committee Chairman Rep. Abraham Tolentino said.

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