Nakatakdang magdesisyon sa susunod na linggo ang bansang Vietnam kung matutuloy ngayong taon ang 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games na gaganapin sa nasabing bansa mula Nobyembre 21 hanggang Disyembre 2.
Ayon kay Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, “The final decision will be known next week. But, it’s still the government of Vietnam that has the final decision.”
Walo sa 11 bansa na miyembro ng SEA Games Federation kabilang na ang bansang Pilipinas, ang bumoto laban sa pagsuspinde ng taunang palaro dahil sa nararanasang global health crisis.
Kabilang ang bansang Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, at Timor Leste sa mga gustong matuloy ang SEA Games sa Nobyembre. Mas pabor naman ang Vietnam at Myanmar na ipagpaliban muna ito samantalang nag-abstain naman sa botohan ang bansang Laos.
Idinahilan umano ng bansang Vietnam ang tumataas na kaso ng COVID-19 sa kanilang bansa kung kaya’t nais nitong ipagpaliban muna ang palaro.
“The hosts are also reluctant to postpone the Games because all their structures and venues are already complete. But, the pandemic has raised the alarm,” paliwanag ni Tolentino.
Kamakailan, nagpatupad ang Vietnam ng “no vaccination, no participation” policy para sa mga kalahok sa SEA Games. Dahil dito, isinama sa vaccination priority list ng pamahalaan ang mga atletang ipapadala sa SEA Games at Tokyo Olympics.
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