Southeast Asian Games awarded to Malaysia, Singapore

Malaysia and Singapore will host the 2027 and 2029 Southeast Asian Games, respectively, it has been announced.

The decision from the Southeast Games Federation (SEAGF) comes with the delayed 31st SEA Games having commenced in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday.

Brunei had been targeted for the 2027 edition of the multi-sport event, but pulled out of hosting last year. Malaysia last hosted the Games in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, while Singapore was the setting for the 2015 edition (pictured) of the event, which is traditionally held on a biennial basis.

Vietnam’s postponed SEA Games was confirmed to take place in May 2022 back in October. The Games had been due to take place from November 21 to December 2, but the event was postponed in July as Vietnam sought to combat its worst COVID-19 outbreak. Following Vietnam, and before Malaysia, the Games are due to travel to Cambodia in 2023 and Thailand in 2025.

In other Asian event news, the Japanese city of Kobe has been awarded hosting rights to the 2024 Para Athletics World Championships.

The Championships will take place at Universiade Memorial Stadium in Kobe Sports Park from May 17-25, 2024, having initially been due to be held last year. In April 2020, the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships were rescheduled to 2022 following the postponement of the Tokyo Paralympics.

World Para Athletics and the Kobe Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced earlier this year an understanding that the competition would not take place in 2022, following a request from the LOC due to COVID-19.

The two organisations entered in discussions to assess the feasibility of postponing the event to 2024 which has now been confirmed. Dubai hosted the last edition of the World Championships in 2019 with the next edition set to take place in Paris, France from July 8-17 next year.