Hanoi to stage 2021 SEA Games

Hanoi will host the 2021 Southeast Asian Games after the Vietnamese government chose the capital city over a rival application from Ho Chi Minh City.

The 31st edition of the multi-sport event is expected to take place between October and December in 2021. The VnExpress website said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chose Hanoi due to its reduced cost proposal, greater infrastructure capacity and previous experience in hosting several major sporting events.

Vietnam was originally due to host the 2023 SEA Games, however the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) handed the rights for the 2021 event to the country after Cambodia, the original host, decided it could not stage the event.

Hanoi hosted the 2003 Games and had submitted a VND1.7tn (€63.6m/$74.3m) budget proposal for the event, while Ho Chi Minh City put forward a VND15.6tn plan.

The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur staged the most recent edition of the Games last year, while the event will travel to Metro Manila, the Philippines in 2019.

In July 2015, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) formally accepted taking on the hosting rights to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, replacing Brunei as host.

The SEA Games runs an informal rotation policy for hosting rights amongst its 11 member nations, with priority given to those countries that are keen to host but are yet to do so.