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31st SEA Games in Vietnam re-scheduled for May 2022
Saturday, November 6, 2021

Brunei Darussalam and the rest of the regional sporting rivals received a much-welcomed boost following the announcement that the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam will be held in May 2022.

The announcement was made in the Vietnam’s Olympic Committee website, citing a decision made by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

According to Vietnam Net Global, the country’s government has approved the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s proposal to host the Games from May 12-23, 2022.

The multi-sporting showpiece was initially scheduled from November 21 to December 2, but a spike in COVID-19 cases in numerous Vietnam’s provinces led to the postponement.

The website reported that there had been concern over finding a suitable time in the sporting calendar for the re-scheduled Games, but Deputy Head of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan said the new dates will not coincide with major global and regional sporting events next year.

Major sporting events next year include the Winter Olympic Games in February, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in March, Commonwealth Games in July and the Asian Games in September.

The schedule will also provide ample time for Cambodia to prepare for the next instalment, due to take place in Phnom Penh from May 5-17 in 2023.

Vietnam previously hosted the competition in 2013 and has reportedly allocated a USD69 million budget for the latest edition.

The SEA Games are expected to attract nearly 20,000 participants, including around 7,000 athletes from 11 countries.

Forty events totalling 525 categories will be contested including popular Olympic disciplines.

The Games will be held in Hanoi with multiple venues spread across 11 northern provinces and cities, including Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho and Bac Giang.

Courtesy from Borneo Bulletin