Four sports added to 2021 Vietnam SEAG

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) – The Southeast Asian Games Federation Executive Committee approved the addition of four sports in the 2021 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

The four sporting disciplines added are bowling, jiujitsu, esports, and triathlon.

The addition of the four sports increases the number of sports in the 2021 Vietnam SEAG to 40, down from the 56 sports played in the 2019 Philippines SEAG.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham Tolentino thanked the 2021 Vietnam SEAG organizing committee for approving the inclusion of the four sports.

The development is potentially advantageous for the Philippines, which excelled in jiujitsu, esports, and triathlon during the 2019 SEAG in homecourt.

The Filipinos ruled the 2019 SEAG jiujitsu competition with five golds, three silvers, and three bronzes. The country also continued its dominance in triathlon in the region by winning all the golds in the three events, plus two silvers.

In the debut of esports in the biennial competition during the 30th SEAG in the country, Filipino esports athletes topped the contest with three golds, one silver, and one bronze.

"We have high hopes for them, they did well in the last SEA Games here in Manila," said Tolentino.

The POC added it will continue to lobby for the inclusion of sambo and skateboarding in the 2021 Vietnam SEAG, two sports where the Filipinos performed well in the 2019 edition of the games.

The Philippines aims to defend its overall title in the 2021 SEAG, slated from November 21 to December 2 next year in Hanoi. The Filipinos won 149 golds, 117 silvers, and 121 bronzes to win its second overall championship in SEAG history, after getting its maiden title in 2005 also at home.