SEA Games: Malaysia to host 2027 edition after Brunei's withdrawal

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Closing ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Closing ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (FILE PHOTO: Allsport Co./Getty Images)

MALAYSIA is set to host the 34th SEA Games in 2027, after the SEA Games Federation unanimously awarded the hosting rights to the country in a meeting amid the Hanoi Games on Thursday (12 May).

The Olympic Council of Malaysia announced the hosting of the biennial event on its Facebook page, following the withdrawal of Brunei as host nation of the 2027 Games last year.

It will be the first time in a decade that Malaysia is hosting the Games - it last did so in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

The country has also hosted the sporting extravaganza in 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001.

Brunei had been touted as a possible host country for the 2027 Games in July 2020, but it officially withdrew from hosting during a meeting of the SEA Games Federation in December 2021, citing financial and logistical reasons.

Indonesia had also expressed its readiness to host the 2027 Games.

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