Joining 28th SEA Games to cost Vietnam nearly USD1 million
It is estimated to cost Vietnam over VND20 billion (USD930,200) for its delegation of 640 members, including around 420 athletes, to take part in the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held from June 5th to 16th in Singapore.
Tran Duc Phan, vice head of the General Sports Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and chief of the Vietnamese sports delegation to Singapore, announced the estimate at a recent meeting.
Thailand, Indonesia, and the host Singapore are forecast to be strong rivals against Vietnam for the target.
Vietnam has sent 18 teams on overseas training trips to prepare for the event. Swimmers and runners are training in the US. and Japan, shooters in the Republic of Korea, rowers in Singapore, gymnasts in Canada, and wushu and table tennis players in China.
The cost of food and accommodation for each athlete at the forthcoming tournament is USD50 a day, plus an additional USD20 for other daily spending.
Sports Minister Hoang Tuan Anh officially submitted a document to the central government to ask for their permission to organize the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam at the request of the Southeast Asian Games Federation.
At the 27th SEA Games in 2013, Vietnam ranked third in the overall medal standings with 73 gold medals, 86 silvers, and 86 bronzes, after Thailand with 107 golds and the host Myanmar with 86 golds./.