The Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) scheduled for later this year will likely be held in the middle of next year or will be eliminated entirely.
This was revealed by a senior official familiar with the SEA Gaming Federation discussion, even if on Wednesday, eight of the 11 members voted to go ahead with November 21 to December 21. 2 Games in Hanoi despite the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s more of a face-saving measure,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The NOC (national Olympic committee) has the rights for the organization, but it needs the support of its government. If the government does not allow the games to occur, the NOC has no other option. “
The Vietnamese government had reportedly asked its NOC for a recommendation on organizing the games amid rising cases in Hanoi and 11 other host cities.
That prompted the Vietnam CO to send letters and seek the opinion of the SEA Gaming Federation.
The official said that the SEAG Federation will probably announce next week the plan to move the date of the games possibly to July of next year.
But moving the dates would be complicated as it will affect the preparation of Cambodia, which will host the next Games in 2023.
There are also reports that Vietnam could phase out the 2021 hosting and take away the 2025 edition originally assigned to Thailand.
Only Vietnam and Myanmar voted for the postponement, while Laos postponed it pending the decision of its top sports official, according to the source.
The Philippines wants the SEA Games to take place, especially as budgeting and training has been put in place for some 600 athletes who will see action in the capital of Vietnam.
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