Vietnam SEA Games postponed to 2022 amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The Singapore contingent entering the Philippine Arena in Bocaue during the SEA Games Opening Ceremony on 30 November. (PHOTO: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)
The Singapore contingent at the 2019 SEA Games. (FILE PHOTO: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

SINGAPORE — The 2021 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games, originally scheduled to be held in the Vietnam capital of Hanoi from 21 November to 2 December, has been postponed until next year.

The SEA Games Federation made the announcement following a meeting among the members on Thursday (8 July). 

In a media release, the federation praised the work done so far by the Vietnam Organising Committee, but took note of the current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic around the Southeast Asian region.

"A new date will now be determined by the SEA Games Federation Council," it added.

The postponement comes after Vietnam announced last week that nine million people in Ho Chi Minh City would go into lockdown for two weeks.

Virus clusters have appeared up and down the country, including in the northern industrial provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, where some Games events were due to take place.

The country has recorded nearly 23,500 infections and 105 deaths.

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