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Vietnam set to host 2021 SEA Games

Vietnam has confirmed it will host the 2021 Southeast Asian Games, with Hanoi lined up to be the main hub for the multi-sport event.

Vuong Bich Thang, head of Vietnam’s National Sports Administration, told the Vietnam News Agency the country has elected to take on the hosting rights for the biennial event. He said: “Hanoi hosted the 22nd Games in 2003 and the Asian Indoor Games in 2009. The city meets all demands for the 2021 SEA Games.”

VNA reported that while most of events will be organised in the capital city, some will be held in neighbouring cities and provinces such as Hai Phong, Hai Duong and Bac Ninh. The Datviet.vn website said today (Thursday) that the project is still in its early stages, with Hanoi yet to be confirmed as the main venue.

In July, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) formally accepted taking on the hosting rights to the 2019 SEA Games, with officials stating that they do not intend to develop many new facilities for the event.

After staging the 20th SEA Games in 1999, Brunei was scheduled to host only its second edition of the event 20 years later. However, the Brunei National Olympic Committee told an SEAGF council meeting ahead of Singapore’s staging of the 2015 SEA Games that it would be unable to host the 2019 Games due to “a lack of venues, accommodation and preparation time.”

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. Kuala Lumpur will act as the main hub for the 2017 Games, with Malaysia hosting the event for the sixth time from August 19-31 next year.