The 2021 Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) are scheduled for November 21st – December 2nd, and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has announced they will be sending 626 PH Athletes.
Philippine athletes will compete in 39 of 40 events at the SEA Games and include sports ranging from Archery to Washu. In 2019 the Philippines won 14 gold medals in Arnis, 10 golds in Dancesport, and 11 golds in general athletics. In 2019 the Philippines also hosted the SEA Games and won the total medal count with 387 medals. Thailand came in second with 318 total medals, with Vietnam placing third as a nation with 288 total medals. However, since the games were held in the Philippines, they were able to send 1,115 athletes.
If we look back to 2017, when the SEA games were last played outside of the country, the POC sent a total of 502 athletes to Malaysia. There the Philippines placed 6th in the medal count with only 121 total medals. Since 2017, 450 medaling competitions have been added to the games bringing the count from 1334 (2017) to 1784 (2019).
After placing so well in the 2019 SEA Games, it seems as if the Philippines are going all in for the 2021 games, and they should. After the pandemic forced a nationwide shutdown and canceled the 2020 ASEAN Para Games, athletes are poised and ready for competition.
The SEA Games offers fans a multitude of options when it comes to betting on the events. Online sportsbooks servicing the Philippines offer everything from eSports betting to Martial Arts betting lines. While these odds are often hard to find, they do become available as the events come near.
Since the 2021 SEA Games are being hosted in Vietnam, brick-and-mortar sportsbooks can also carry betting lines on the events. MegaSportsWorld operates over 107 sportsbooks across the Philippines and is now the only domestic sportsbook fully accredited by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Whether you decide to watch the events at home or bet on the matchups, it would be a smart bet to put some money on the Philippines, especially after what the island country did at the 2019 games.
2021 will be a busy year for Philippine athletes as the 2020 Summer Olympics have also been rescheduled for this year. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to take place July 23rd – August 8th, 2021, but we could see another postponement due to the Coronavirus.