Coronavirus: Postponed SEA Games in Vietnam confirmed for May 12-23 next year

The event will now run from May 12 to 23, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (AFP) - The SEA Games in Vietnam, postponed from this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be held from May 12 to 23 next year, the country's Olympic committee said on Friday (Nov 5).

The regional multi-event Games were scheduled to take place in Hanoi and 11 other locations in Vietnam from Nov 21 to Dec 2.

But a devastating wave of coronavirus which hit many of the provinces due to be hosting Games events forced the postponement.

The event will now run from May 12 to 23, 2022, according to a report on the Vietnam Olympic Committee website, citing a decision made by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

There had been concern over finding a suitable time in the sporting calendar for the rescheduled Games, but the new dates do not coincide with major global or regional sporting events, the report said.

Vietnam previously hosted the multi-sports competition in 2003. It has allocated a budget of around US$69 million (S$93.4 million) for the Games.

The SEA Games are expected to attract nearly 20,000 participants, including about 7,000 athletes from 11 countries, according to the state media.

As well as Olympic disciplines, sports are likely to include billiards and snooker, bodybuilding, chess, bowling and kurash, an ancient form of Uzbek wrestling.

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