VOV.VN - The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) are set to be delayed until the second quarter of 2022 due to the complex nature of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the nation and other regional countries.
The latest schedule proposed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recently received the approval of the Politburo. In addition, the country won’t host the 11th ASEAN Para Games (ASEAN Para Games 11).
Tran Duc Phan, deputy general director of the Vietnam Sports Administration, said the organisation are poised to inform the Southeast Asian Games Federation and the Olympic Committees of Southeast Asian countries about the new schedule, with the opening ceremony of the SEA Games 31 proposed to be held in May, 2022.
SEA Games 31 is the largest sporting event in Southeast Asia and was originally scheduled to take place in Hanoi and 11 other localities nationwide this November, with the occasion now being postponed until May next year.
The event is due to welcome roughly 20,000 athletes, coaches, officials, referees, and staff of 11 delegations from across Southeast Asia.
The games will feature a total of 40 sports, the majority of which are Olympic sports, along with 520 events.