Rising infections in Vietnam could end in SEAG scrapping; POC says nothing confirmed until CDM meet on Jan. 18

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Vietnam receives the SEA Games federation flag during turnover ceremonies of then 2019 Southeast Asian Games. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Is the 2021 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in danger of getting scrapped altogether?

That’s the question ringing the loudest a week before the SEA Games Federation gathers in a meeting to discuss the fate of the Games’ much-delayed 31st edition, which had already been reset from late last year to May 12 to 23 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A source told the Inquirer on Thursday that the SEA Games “is in danger of getting canceled for good,” following Vietnam’s decision to call off the International Badminton Challenge set March 22 to 27 because of rising coronavirus cases in the country.

The badminton competition had been postponed three times already, even as The Star Malaysia reported 16,513 new cases and 240 deaths in Vietnam last Saturday alone, with…

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