After the recent meeting between Vietnamese sports officials and the 31st SEA Games organizing committee, the parties reached a consensus to hold 36 sports at the games which will take place from November 21 to February 2. 12/2021.
Of these, there will be 2 compulsory competitions are athletics and water sports. Besides, SEA Games 31 will have 26 Olympic and ASIAD subjects such as football, cycling, shooting, … In addition, Vietnam also selects 8 other sports which are traditional of Southeast Asia.
So compared to the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines one year ago, the conference had a record number of sports – 56 subjects, then SEA Games 31 will eliminate up to 20 sports.
The competitions at SEA Games 30 were cut like: martial arts sticks, skateboarding, obstacle course, jiu-jitsu, esports, sailing, soft tennis, 3 triathlon, sambo, windsurfing, 5 current triathlon college, baseball, rugby, softball, ….
With this change, the Filipino sports delegation is expected to lose about 58 gold medals compared to the 2019 Games. Not only the Philippines, some other countries like Malaysia are estimated to lose 18 gold medals compared to SEA Games 30 when some strong sports were cut.
And recently the Malaysian Olympic Council (OCM) has said it will make a request to add eight more subjects at the SEA Games next year, which will be hosted by Vietnam: sambo, cricket, boating, netball, lawn. ball (a kind of ball-throw competition), indoor hockey, squash and seven-a-side rugby (a variation of rugby).