POC supports late 2021 SEA Games staging
Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2020 04:21 PM
POC president Bambol Tolentino in a statement on Wednesday said that it is ideal that the 31st Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Vietnam be held months after the staging of the delayed Tokyo Olympics next year. (Photo: Bianca Dava)
With the Tokyo Olympics reset to 2021 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippine Olympic Committee will support Vietnam’s initial target of hosting the Southeast Asian Games in November.
POC president Bambol Tolentino in a statement on Wednesday said that it is ideal that the biennial meet be held months after the Summer Games.
“We will recommend that Vietnam hosts the 31st SEA Games during the latter part of the year,” said Tolentino
Vietnam is reportedly looking at holding the 31st edition of the SEA Games from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2. However, Tolentino cleared that the SEA Games Federation has yet to approve the date of the regional sports meet.
“Vietnam has yet to get the SEAG Federation’s official/formal approval.
But we will support the dates,” Tolentino said.
The International Olympic Committee made their decision to postpone the Olympic Games to 2021 in a yet to be determined date after talking to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers Tuesday night (Manila time).
“Those dates provide enough window from Tokyo which could be in the July-August period,” Tolentino said.
Vietnam has set a SEA Games meeting with officials coming from participating countries in Hanoi set on May 20-21 to present its program and Games calendar. The incoming host nation has yet to announce whether it will push through with the meeting or reset it to a later time with the world still battling the contagion.
The Philippines hosted the 30th staging of the SEA Games where the country won as overall champion for the second time since the 2005 edition, also held in Manila, with a 149-gold medal haul.