The 2021 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) have been moved to 2022 after the country announced in July that the biennial multi-sport event would be postponed from its planned November start date due to the spread of Covid-19. The regional Games, which feature 11 national Olympic committee teams competing in 520 events across 40 sports, will now be held in Hanoi during an as yet unspecified two week period in May 2022. Vietnam suffered a huge spike in coronavirus cases earlier this year and the government introduced a raft of lockdown measure to minimise the outbreak. Almost 20 per cent of the Vietnamese population is now reported to be vaccinated. The SEA Games have been held every two years since 1959 under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Games Federation and is supervised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Stunning new Cambodian National Stadium opens in Phnom Penh ahead of 2023 Southeast Asian Games It has only been disrupted once in its history, when its 1963 edition in Cambodia was cancelled due to political turmoil in the country. A spokesperson announced on Monday that the SEA Games Federation held a meeting where they accepted the Vietnamese Organising Committee’s proposal to rekindle the Games in May 2022. Filipino basketball prodigy Kai Sotto aims to be the best in Asia as he begins NBA G-League adventure The rearranged Games adds to an already packed international calendar of multi-sport events next year, with the Asian Games set for Hangzhou, China in September. That follows the Commonwealth Games, in which Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore participated in 2018, being held in Birmingham in July.