SEA Games Federation asks Vietnam to decide by October on fate of 31st SEAG

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) – The Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Federation instructed Vietnam to decide by October on the fate of the 31st edition of the biennial regional sporting event.

Philippine Olympic Committee President and Cavite eighth district Rep. Bambol Tolentino bared the development on Monday, after the federation virtually met on Sept. 17.

"The consensus was for Vietnam to make a decision, otherwise, the 31st SEA Games would be canceled," Tolentino said.

If Vietnam is still inclined to push ahead with the 31st SEA Games, Tolentino said the federation agreed to hold the competition in May 2022.

The Southeast Asian sports leaders concurred on the date after taking into account the tight sports calendar in Asia next year, where three major quadrennial sports events will be staged.

The Beijing Winter Olympics will be held from February 4-20, while the Thailand Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games are scheduled from March 10-20. The Hangzhou Asian Games are set from Sept. 10-25.

The 31st SEA Games were originally slated on Nov. 21 to Dec. 2 this year, but host country Vietnam postponed it to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.