Host Vietnam has decided to include bowling, jiu jitsu, triathlon and esport in the 31st South East Asian Games scheduled to be held from November 23 to 28, 2021 at the Royal City Hanoi Bowling Centre will now be posted to April/May, 2022.
The Southeast Asian Games Federation Executive Committee approved them at a recent online meeting and will make a formal announcement in November. Vietnam said triathlon (swimming, cycling and running) is a developing sport with many international races being held in the region. It was also included in previous editions of the games.
Vietnam, which plans to hold a triathlon in the northern Quang Ninh Province, will set up a federation in future to develop the sport in the country. The venues for bowling, jiu jitsu and esports will be announced later.
Duong Vi Khoa, vice president of the Vietnam Recreational Esport Association and head of the Vietnam Esport delegation to the last SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, has already said Dota 2, Arena of Valor and Pro Evolution Soccer will be three of the six games to be played at the games.
The country has won home three bronze medals in esport in previous editions. The addition of the four sports increases the total number at the 2019 games to 40, 16 less than in 2019, with Vietnam blaming this on the economic downturn due to the Covid pandemic.
Vietnam was confirmed as the host nation after the capital city of Hanoi submitted a plan for the hosting of the region's biggest sports event to Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the General Department of Sports.
Vietnam first hosted the SEA Games, organised under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF), in 2003. The nation also hosted the 2009 Asian Indoor Games which included bowling.
The 31st SEA Games are scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, and the Para Games from December 14 to 21. In 2019, the nation finished second in the medals tally with 288 medals, including 98 golds.
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