Vietnam SEA Games confirmed for May 2022 opening

The 31st Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Vietnam will proceed as rescheduled in May 2022 after the 11 member countries of the SEA Games Federation agreed in an online meeting on Monday, October 18.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino said the Vietnamese organizers negotiated an opening in the middle of May after some concerns from Cambodians.

"Cambodia will host the 32nd edition in 2023 and they want to have at least a year's window for them to prepare," Tolentino said. "Initially, they wanted the opening ceremony to be on May 5 or earlier."

Cambodia will host its first SEA Games and set its opening ceremony on May 5, 2023.

Originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 this year, the 31st SEA Games, which will be staged in Hanoi, was postponed by the Vietnamese government due to the pandemic.

Tolentino said Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific date "soon."

Vietnam will hold 520 events among 40 sports in the second time it will be hosting the biennial showpiece.

The reigning overall SEA Games champion, the Philippines, will field 626 athletes who will compete in 39 sports in Vietnam. – Rappler.com