Will the 2021 SEA Games be canceled?
Rumors are circulating due to COVID that the 2021 SEA Games could be moved to 2022. With a new deadly strain of virus released, it’s possible the 2021 SEA Games scheduled from November 21 to December 2 could be pushed forward.
In 2020 there was no southeast Asian meet inviting international athletes.
So the logistics and safety risks of a SEA Games could make matters difficult.
At the very least, we could see some events which are more of a COVID risk being excluded from the 2021 SEA Games
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Will there be Rugby Sevens at the SEA Games 2021?
In the latest news from the SEA Games 2021, which will be hosted in Hanoi, Vietnam, the event does not appear to include rugby sevens in the list of sports set to be featured. Although the Games in Cambodia are quite far off, much work will need to be done to have the sport included in 2023.
It will be a major blow for the SEA rugby nations if rugby is not included in the upcoming SEA Games.
The 2021 Southeast Asian Games (the 31st SEA Games) is scheduled to occur in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 21 November to 2 December 2021. In the latest update in October 2020, 40 sports are featured, but rugby is not on the list.
This is the second time Vietnam will hold the SEA Games since 2003. Despite the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics to 2021 in Tokyo, the SEA games will still be held from late November to early December 2021 – only three months after the rescheduled Olympics.
Hanoi will also host the 11th ASEAN Para Games in January 2022.
What sports will be at the SEA Games 2021?
The SEA Games usually includes sports and events at the Olympic Games, but the host nation also has a big say in which events will be included.
On October 20th, 2020, Vietnam added 4 more sports to the roster to bring the total tally to 40 sports. Rugby 7s was not one of them. Triathlon, bowling, jiu-jitsu, and esports were the latest additions, and the full list of sports can be viewed here.
Other SEA countries have asked the following sports to be included:
- Indoor hockey
- Lawn balls
Vietnam currently does not have a national rugby union or federation. Still, social rugby clubs such as Saigon Geckos and Hanoi Dragons are rugby clubs based in the country for a long time. The ChildFund Pass It Back program has accelerated the sport with Vietnamese coaches players, in particular in the north of the country.
In December 2019, the new Asia Rugby President visited Vietnam and met with the Vietnam National Olympic Committee Secretary-General Mr. Manh Van Tran to discuss Rugby’s future in Vietnam. At the time, they agreed to “the concept to develop the sport in Vietnam with the support and help from Asian Rugby Federation and to support to establish National Federation in the coming time.
Asia Rugby President, Mr. Qais Al Dhalai, said in 2019, “I believe that today’s meeting with Mr. Tran was a huge success and big step into unlocking various doors which will help flourish rugby in Asia… the establishing of Vietnam Rugby Federation and collate every effort for the inclusion of Rugby in multi-sport event across Asia and in particular SEA Games 2021 and 2023.”
The final list of sports for SEA Games 2021 is officially announced 12 months before starting the SEA Games, which kick off on November 21, 2021, so time is running out.
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Hanoi SEA Games 2021 list of sports out by the end of July
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttlecock kicking and vovinam – a Vietnamese martial art – are likely to be among the sports contested next year’s SEA Games in Hanoi.
However, these will not be the only sports in which hosts Vietnam hope to excel. The bulk of the events will probably be Olympics sports.
Vietnam has already emerged as the new sports powerhouse in the region, and they were the runners-up in the Philippines Games last year, sweeping 98 golds.
What was more impressive is that two-thirds of their gold medal haul was won from Olympic sports, including 16 and 10 from blue riband sports, athletics, and swimming, respectively.
The preliminary list of sports for the Hanoi Games is expected to be unveiled after a SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) Council meeting, which will be conducted virtually from July 22-23.
Vietnam’s government has picked Hanoi as the host city for the back-to-back 31st 2021 SEA Games and the 11th ASEAN Para Games in 2021. Hence rejecting a US$675 million bid by Ho Chi Minh City to organize the Games.
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While at a meeting in Hanoi on Monday. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the government agreed to a proposal by the country’s sports ministry. To let Hanoi host the regional events instead of Ho Chi Minh City.
Its experience of successfully hosting the 22nd SEA Games in 2003, the 2009 Asian Indoor Games, and many other major international sporting events. Hanoi was a more qualified candidate city, the government said.
The 31st edition of the SEA Games. It competed biennially among 11 countries in Southeast Asia And had been scheduled to take place in Cambodia before Phnom Penh asked to postpone the hosting until the subsequent Games in 2023.
The SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) therefore asked Vietnam. The designated host for the 2023 SEA Games, to swap places with Cambodia.
No To Ho Chi Minh City Hosting the SEA Games 2021
After Vietnam took over the baton, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism proposed selecting Hanoi as the host city. Which is the most economical choice given the capital city’s already developed sports infrastructure.
However, Ho Chi Minh City March 2017 unveiled its own plan to host the Games. At an estimated cost of $220 million, which was raised to over $675 million in January 2018.
While the money would go into constructing new sporting venues. Including a brand new 180-hectare sports complex in District 2. And covering the logistics of running the multi-sport event, according to the proposal.
Yet hosting the 2021 SEA Games would be a great opportunity for the southern metropolis to improve its international status. And open new doors for investment and tourism. The city’s deputy chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thu told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in January.
Nevertheless, Ho Chi Minh City has failed to convince the government to bid as Vietnamese leaders organize the sports competition at the lowest possible cost.
At Monday’s meeting. PM Phuc regarded the hosting as both Vietnam’s responsibility and honor as a constructive member of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
“Hanoi must make the most use out of existing infrastructure. And refrain from building new venues or making new purchases,” he stressed.
So around 16,000 athletes and delegates from 11 countries in Southeast Asia are expected to attend the 2021 SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games. Held from November to December 2021.
While Vietnam once organized the regional competition in 2003, events were held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
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