14th October, Hanoi: Host Vietnam has decided to include bowling, jiu jitsu, triathlon and esport in next year's 31st South East Asian Games scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, 2021.
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 last year, 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.