SEA Games Preparation in Full Swing
|The SEA Games 31 in Vietnam marks the return of the regional sporting competitions after a halt due to Covid-19. Photo: VNA|
Representatives from Southeast Asian sports delegations value Vietnam’s preparations for the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) while inspecting competition venues for the Games in Hanoi on March 19.
In Hanoi, they made field trips to the My Dinh National Stadium, the My Dinh Water Sports Stadium, and the National Sports Training Centre, VietnamPlus reported.
“Since Vietnam announced the SEA Games 31’s official date in late 2021, the country has exerted tremendous efforts, and preparations are in full swing to meet the deadlines,” said Director (Projects) of the Singapore National Olympic Council Anthony Lee.
He believes that the regional sporting event would be smooth-sailing and organised efficiently.
|Southeast Asian sports delegations visit My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi. Photo: VNA|
The renovation of My Dinh National Stadium, which is to host football and track and field, has been fundamentally completed. At the same time, the Water Sports Stadium is also being renovated to meet international standards, ready to host the Games.
For his part, Vice President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia Paduka Nur Azmi Ahmad spoke highly of progress made in the preparations at My Dinh Stadium and the National Sports Training Centre, despite various challenges facing Vietnam, especially the Covid-19 pandemic.
Underlining the significance of facilities serving the Games, he added that Vietnamese agencies needed to speed up the remaining tasks and make sure that deadlines will be met.
|Competition venues and accommodation facilities will be handed over to the board in mid-April. Photo: VNA|
Hoang Quoc Vinh from the Vietnam Sports Administration and a member of the organising board for the Games said that competition venues and accommodation facilities were to be handed over to the board in mid-April.
The SEA Games 31 in Vietnam marks the return of the regional sporting competitions after a halt due to Covid-19, he affirmed, adding that more tournaments would be held afterwards.
During the trips, delegates voiced their opinions to improve preparations, suggesting that the organisers promptly inform countries of a detailed schedule so they can begin sending athletes to Vietnam for training before the commencement of the competitions.
Speaking at the second Chefs de Mission Meeting of the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi on March 18, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Olympic Committee and head of the 31st SEA Games organising committee, affirmed that Vietnam had made preparations for the 31st SEA Games, with safety measures taken, on schedule.
|Delegates to the meeting pose for a group photo. Source: People’s Army Newspaper|
Based on the opinions raised at the first Chefs de Mission Meeting, Vietnam has worked on issues relevant to the organisation of the Games, Hung noted.
He added that sub-committees of the organising committee would continue providing the delegates with updated information about the Games and issues needed to be done in the time ahead so that all countries can have the best preparations for their delegations to the region’s most prominent sports event.
The Games, with the slogan “For a stronger South East Asia,” will run in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring localities from May 12 to 23. It will feature 40 sports with 526 events and expect to attract around 10,000 participants. The biennial event was initially slated for late 2021 but delayed due to the pandemic’s impact.
According to the event’s organisers, the event will lure about 3,000 domestic and foreign journalists.
Spectators will not be required to undergo the Covid-19 test if they want to go to competition venues to watch and cheer for the athletes.
At the 30th SEA Games in 2019, Vietnam finished second in the overall medal tally, with 98 golds, 85 silvers and 105 bronzes, following the Philippines’ hosts.
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