Hanoi selected to host SEA Games 31
Updated : Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:42 AM (GMT+0700)

TheGovernment has agreed with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST)’sproposal to organise the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31)and the 11th ASEAN Para Games (Para Games 11) in Vietnam in 2021. 

Vietnamese athletes at a sports event - Source: AFP/VNA

At a meeting in the capitalon July 9, the Cabinet assigned Hanoi as the site city, which successfullyhosted SEA Games 22 in 2003, the Asian Indoor Games in 2009, and several otherbig international sports events. 

The ministry’s proposal wasmade after the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) informed Vietnam that it would handover the right to host SEA Games 31 to the country.

The federation saidCambodia, scheduled to host SEA Games 31, proposed postponing the hosting untilthe next Games in 2023 as it is not ready for the task. 

Concluding the meeting,Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lauded the substantial determination of theculture, sports and tourism sector, as well as of Hanoi and the relevantministries and agencies.

Hosting the events is boththe responsibility and honour of Vietnam as a constructive member of theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he said, adding that this isalso a chance to promote the Vietnamese land and people. 

The leader asked Hanoi tocontinue to complete infrastructure, set forth a detailed plan on theorganisation of the events, and mobilise the participation of differenteconomic sectors in these efforts. 

The sports sector shouldmake preparations to reach the highest results at the tournament, hesaid. 

According to the MCST, SEAGames 31 is scheduled to last for about 17 days and Para Games 11,  around11 days, from October to December 2021. About 11,000 athletes and coaches areexpected to participate in SEA Games 31, with some 2,100 to join  ParaGames 11.


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