Outcome of Sea Games appeal in November

MANY question marks remain regarding next year’s Vietnam Sea Games.

The finalised list of sports for the games will only be known by November this year at the earliest.

Hosts Vietnam said during the Sea Games Federation (SEAGF) Council virtual meeting yesterday that they need time to consider the 22 sports, appealed by member countries, for inclusion.

Malaysia appealed for 11 sports: indoor hockey, tenpin bowling, saiing cricket, skateboarding, sambo, floorball, netball, lawn bowls, squash and rugby sevens.

Muay, triathlon, taekwondo, traditional boat race, jiujitsu, esports, arnis, obstacle course sports, kempo, teqball and soft tennis were also put forward for inclusion by other countries.

Vietnam has also appealed for three sports: chinlone (sepak takraw), water polo and synchronised swimming.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said: “When talking about the Sea Games, it all depends on the host country. They look at all aspects and implications, this includes the support (a sport has) from member countries.

“It is very difficult to speculate which sports will get the nod, everyone has their own justifications (for appeal) and rationale. Let’s just wait until November.”

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