Vietnam expects to host 31st SEA Games in 2021

April 7, 2015 5:28 am 

HO CHI MINH CITY, April 6 — Vietnam is expected to host the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2021 pending the Prime Minister's approval, local Tuoi Tre News reported Monday.

The SEA Games has been held every two years, starting in 1959 in Thailand. Vietnam first hosted the games, organized under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF), in 2003.

According to Tuoi Tre News, Chris Chan of the SEAGF Sport & Rules Committee has sent a letter on SEA Games 2021 to Vietnam's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Anh Tuan, in which Chan said that according to the SEAGF's Charter, ASEAN members will take turns to host the Games. At a recent meeting in Singapore, the committee agreed that Malaysia would be the hosts in 2017, followed by Brunei in 2019, and then Vietnam.

If the PM agrees with the ministry's proposal, the Vietnam Olympics Committee will make its confirmation to SEAGF in the next meeting on June 4 in Singapore, and if the PM rejects it, the committee has to inform SEAGF immediately so that SEAGF will appoint another country to replace Vietnam.

The games are expected to be organized in southern HCM City, the country's economic and sports hub. (PNA/Xinhua)

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