31st SEA Games in Vietnam to feature 36-40 sports

Friday, 2019-03-15 13:03:30
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Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, Vuong Bich Thang, speaks at the meeting.
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NDO – The 31st edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is projected to take place in late November or early December 2021 in Hanoi and some other Vietnamese localities, featuring from 36 to 40 sports, according to Vuong Bich Thang, Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training.

Thang made the announcement at a March 14 meeting on Vietnam’s organisation scheme for the 31st SEA Games and the 11th ASEAN Para Games, which was presided over by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien.

Up to now, the General Department has already finalised a draft report on the master preparation and organisation scheme for the two aforementioned regional sporting events set to be held in Vietnam in the next two years, he said.

Accordingly, the 31st SEA Games will see the participation of 11 sports delegations from 11 Southeast Asian nations, and expects to bring together approximately 20,000 people, including around 7,000 athletes, 2,300 referees, and 3,100 heads of delegations, officials and trainers. In addition, roughly 1,500 domestic and international correspondents are expected to be engaged in reporting on the event.

The 11th ASEAN Para Games, which will take place two or three weeks after the SEA Games conclusion, hopes to see competition from an estimated number of 1,300 athletes in 12-15 sports.

At the same time, the draft scheme clearly maps out some preparations for the two Games, including training athletes, ensuring security and order, preparing accommodation for the Games participants, communication work, and healthcare services.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien addresses the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien asked the General Department to urgently complete the scheme and promptly submit it to the Government for approval.

Concerning the issue of surveying the localities that could join Hanoi to organise these events, Thien requested that the General Department prioritise venues with available infrastructure, and propose the facilities based on the criteria of safety, comfort and meeting international standards.

As for Vietnam’s SEA Games and Para Games athlete forces, the minister urged the sports sector to invest strongly in the sports of its strength and avoid overdiversified investment, focusing on the goal of discovering talented athletes in preparation for the bigger arenas, such as the Asian Games and the Olympic Games.