SEA Games hosts announced in Hanoi meeting


New host countries confirmed for Southeast Asian Games Image: Fresh Air Festival

Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore have been named as the hosts of the respective 2025, 2027 and 2029 editions of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA).

The ‘inside the games’ stated that the SEA Games Federation Council revealed the locations of the three editions at a meeting held at Hanoi in Vietnam which is currently staging this year’s delayed SEA Games.

The Southeast Asian Games, also known as the SEA Games, is a biennial multisport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia.

The ‘inside the games’ further stated that with next year’s SEA Games due to take place in Cambodia, the Council confirmed that Thailand will play host in 2025 followed by Malaysia in 2027 and Singapore in 2029.

Thailand staged the inaugural edition of the Games in 1959 and has since held the biennial event in 1967, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2007.

The Thai capital, Bangkok, is set to be the Host City for the Games in 2025.

Malaysia previously held the multisport event in 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2017.

According to reports, the 2027 edition had been earmarked to take place in Brunei only for the country to withdraw its interest.

The Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has now been awarded the rights for the 2027 Games – 10 years after it last played host.

Singapore is set to hold the Games for the fifth time in 2029 after staging the event in 1973, 1983, 1993, and 2015.

The SEA Games Federation Council meeting was attended by representatives from all 11 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from the region.

A National Olympic Committee (NOC) is a national constituent of the worldwide Olympic movement. Subject to the controls of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), NOCs are responsible for organizing their people’s participation in the Olympic Games.

Nguyen Van Hung, Head of both the SEA Games Federation and Vietnam Olympic Committee, called on all teams to use Hanoi 2021 – which opened on May 12th and is due to run until May 23rd – as a “stepping stone” to continental and world events.

Commented Van Hung, who is also Vietnam’s Sports Minister, “The SEA Games is not only about the sports competitions here, it is a place where we can practice, learn and enhance our competitive capacity to lead into the Asian Games and Olympic Games. Through sport, unity, solidarity and mutual understanding and cooperation have developed between our countries. Some of the sports events have started already, and through this you can feel the beautiful emotions and love of the Vietnamese people extended toward the athletes of all countries.”

Organizers of the 2023 SEA Games in Phnom Penh in Cambodia also gave an update on preparations for the event at the meeting in Hanoi.

Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the NOC of Cambodia and Vice-President of the SEA Games Federation, confirmed that the Torch Relay would start at the Angor Wat temple in Siem Reap (Cambodia) on February 12th in 2023 before traveling through the other 10 countries in the SEA region.

It is then due to return to Cambodia for the Opening Ceremony in Phnom Penh, scheduled to take place on May 5th next year.

The meeting also saw the SEA Games Federation’s Women and Sport Committee urge all 11 NOCs to establish women and sport committee and increase women’s participation in the Council to 30 percent.

The call comes with the aim of ensuring that one in three of the delegates from each NOC will be female when the Council is next due to meet in Cambodia in May next year.

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