SEA Games 31: Vietnam Celebrates a Joyful Post-pandemic Era

Vietnamese and international sport fans are celebrating a return to stadiums and crowds, after Vietnam's tough fight against Covid-19.
May 21, 2022 | 00:00
SEA Games 31: Vietnam Celebrates a Joyful Post-pandemic Era
SEA Games 31 creates spiritual motivation for people. It is a boost for Vietnam's tourism particularly and Vietnam's economy to recover in the near future. Photo: WVR

With restrictions lifted and the Covid crisis subdued, the people and country of Vietnam now enjoy the 31st SEA Games.

The streets are filled with the colors of flags, posters, busy streets and international tourists. That shows that people are reassured, the Covid-19 pandemic has been pushed back and the socio-economy is recovering quickly.

Fighting the pandemic

Since 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Vietnam's various social scenes, while families struggled during extensive lockdowns, creating great pressure on Vietnam's socio-economic development.

Despite the issues, Vietnam's top priority is to protect people's health and lives in pandemic prevention and control, while strengthening social security and the rights of the vulnerable.

With the efforts of the political system and people, the cooperation and support of international partners, Vietnam has launched the largest vaccination campaign in history. Vietnam has become one of the countries with the highest vaccine coverage rate in the world. As of May 15, 2022, the total number of doses of Covid-19 vaccine injected in Vietnam is 217,039,026 doses.

This impressive result has helped Vietnam transition to a stage of safe, flexible adaptation, recovery and socio-economic development. Vietnam continues to realize the goals of ensuring and enhancing human rights according to the 2013 Constitution and the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress.

Since March 15, Vietnam officially reopened for international tourism, marking its readiness to recover and transform after the pandemic. Vietnam supports and creates maximum conditions for businesses and individuals to operate tourism services.

SEA Games 31: Vietnam Ensures Human Rights in Post-pandemic Era
Athletes carry the torch during the opening ceremony of the 31st SEA Games.

Celebrating Post-Covid Life

Now that the pandemic has subsided, the country is in need of recovery, development incentive, and some fun. Fortunately, the SEA Games 31 is considered as a breath of new life blowing into the S-shaped strip of land.

The 31st SEA Games revived the people's spirit of yearning for a bright, open future after the pandemic.

The vibrant scene in Vietnam these days is also appreciated by many tourists and international media.

Gerald Blandes, a tourist from France, said, “The streets are crowded and bustling. I originally came to Vietnam to relax, but I am still attracted by the colorful streets and the sportsmanship of the people here.”

In an article, Yahoo appreciated the host country's determination to organize the 31st SEA Games. The article points out that, in the past 2 years, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many sports tournaments to be postponed or even canceled. SEA Games 31 also faced a similar risk at times.

According to Yahoo: "However, the host country Vietnam has been ensuring that the 31st SEA Games take place safely, with a strong sporting spirit."

SEA Games 31: Vietnam Celebrates a Joyful Post-pandemic Era
The 31st SEA Games revived the people's spirit of yearning for a bright, open future after the pandemic. Photo: VNA

On May 7, the ASEAN Football fanpage posted a picture at Thien Truong Stadium, where 2 football matches of Group B took place.

The fanpage praised: “What a vibrant atmosphere. 30,000 fans are at Thien Truong Stadium tonight. This is a new record for the match with the most spectators at a neutral stadium in the history of the SEA Games."

Meanwhile, according to the Siam Sport of Thailand: "The first series of matches in the SEA Games men's football group stage took place with great pleasure. Vietnamese football fans cheered loudly at Thien Truong Stadium."

The 31st SEA Games is creating a spiritual motivation for the people, a boost for Vietnam's tourism particularly and the Vietnamese economy to recover in the coming time.

The message of a Vietnam that shines after the pandemic with people placed at the center of all development policies is also conveyed in the song "Let's shine", the official song of the 31st SEA Games.

Video: SEA Games 31 Vietnam 2021

The organization of the 31st SEA Games is the most vivid proof of a safe and healthy Vietnam in the post-Covid-19 era, where people are fully guaranteed human rights. That is thanks to the efforts of all levels, sectors and localities together with the Government to fight the pandemic.

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