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Vietnam’s proposal to postpone SEA Video games opposed by most member states: Malaysian Olympic council

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SINGAPORE: Eight out of 11 member states of the Southeast Asian Video games Federation have objected to Vietnam’s proposal to postpone the competitors over COVID-19 fears, in response to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

The SEA Video games Federation Workplace referred to as a particular assembly on Wednesday (Jun 9) to debate the proposal, the OCM stated in a press release.

Vietnam is because of host the biennial SEA Video games from Nov 21 to Dec 2.

Earlier on Wednesday, Vietnamese media reported that the nation had knowledgeable member states of its plans to postpone the Games to July 2022 as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs.

“Because of the growing variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the area, it’s the want of the Organising Committee of Vietnam to host the 31st version of the SEA Video games in a protected and safe method,” OCM’s assertion learn.

Eight of the 11 member states objected to the postponement as a result of “busy sports activities schedule” subsequent yr, stated OCM.

“Moreover, lots of the international locations are already within the midst of preparations” for the Video games, the assertion learn.

It added: “The SEA Video games Federation Workplace will work carefully with the Organising Committee of Vietnam within the subsequent two weeks for an answer to be tabled to the SEA Video games Federation Council for endorsement.”

ESPN, quoting Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino, stated Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste voted towards postponement. The 2 sure votes got here from Vietnam and Myanmar whereas Laos abstained. Tolentino stated within the report that the ultimate resolution nonetheless lies with Vietnam.

CNA has sought remark from the SEA Video games Federation Workplace, which relies in Bangkok.

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The Singapore Nationwide Olympic Council (SNOC) participated in Wednesday’s assembly to debate choices for the 31st SEA Video games, a spokesperson for the council informed CNA.

“The Vietnam NOC thought-about the NOCs’ suggestions, in addition to the congested main Video games calendar in 2022.

“The Vietnam NOC will subsequent proceed discussions with their respective stakeholders on the accessible choices,” stated the spokesperson.

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COVID-19 circumstances in Vietnam have spiked for the reason that finish of April to achieve greater than 9,500, in response to information collated by Johns Hopkins College. New every day circumstances exceeded 200 on most days previously week.

The nation has recorded 55 deaths. Solely 0.04 per cent of its inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated, in response to the compiled information.

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