‘No vaccine, no participation’ policy to be enforced in 2021 Vietnam SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) — The organizers of the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam are imposing a "no vaccination, no participation" policy in the biennial sports meet scheduled to run from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2.

The Vietnam SEA Games Organizing Committee made the announcement during an online SEA Games Federation meeting Tuesday, according to Philippine Olympic Committee President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino said the organizers assured that the 31st edition of the SEA Games will push through but stressed on the vaccine requirement.

The POC is planning to send 626 athletes to the Hanoi SEA Games, where they will compete in 40 events.

Tolentino said the national sports associations have been advised to identify the athletes who will be prioritized for the vaccination program.

“Before we fly to Vietnam, everyone should be vaccinated,” Tolentino said. “Or better yet, before the NSAs start training their athletes face-to-face.”

Tolentino said the committee has a $40,000 (or about ₱1.9 million) grant from the Olympic Council of Asia that would be used to purchase the COVID-19 vaccines.

Only Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes Eumir Felix Marcial and Hidilyn Diaz have been vaccinated.