Decision on a possible postponement of the Southeast Asian Games postponed to July

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Organizers of this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam have delayed the final decision on whether or not to postpone the event to next month.

The Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) was due to make an announcement on the Games, which were to take place from November 21 to December 2, following a meeting yesterday.

Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino said Philstar instead, SEAGF would decide at its next Council meeting on July 8.

Vietnamese officials earlier this month suggested a possible postponement of the Games until July 2022 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.

The new times of the straits reported that the Games were at risk following an upsurge in infections linked to the discovery of a potentially new variant of COVID-19 in the country.

The Southeast Asian Games are slated to be held later this year, with 40 sports on the schedule © Getty Images
The Southeast Asian Games are slated to be held later this year, with 40 sports on the schedule © Getty Images

Health officials in Vietnam said in May that the variant was a hybrid between those discovered in India and Britain.

According to Philstar, the Philippines are among the countries opposed to a postponement of the Games.

Concerns that athletes were unable to train during the pandemic and ensure the safety of more than 10,000 athletes, officials and other participants are among the reasons for the possible postponement.

A postponement to 2022 would pose several challenges for organizers given the number of major events set to take place next year, including the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Forty sports are on the program for the Southeast Asian Games.


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