Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien. Photo: Ngoc Tu.
Mr. Thien suggested this ceremony is the beginning of Vietnam’s preparation process for one of the region’s largest multi-sporting events, urging for more support from government agencies, provinces and cities.
Overview of the ceremony. Photo: Ngoc Tu.
SEA Games and ASEAN Paragames are held biennially, scheduled to take place from November 21 – December 2, 2021 in Hanoi and surrounding localities, including Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc and Bac Giang.
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh. Photo: Ngoc Tu.
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh said while the world is facing unprecedented challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic, Hanoi and other provinces are putting up efforts to pursue the dual target of both containing the pandemic and boosting economic recovery.
“The year of 2020 is significant during Hanoi’s preparation process as the host of 31st SEA Games and 11th ASEAN Paragames in 2021,” noted Mr. Anh.
“We are committed to ensuring the successful organization of the Southeast Asian Games and be worthy of Hanoi’s status as a City for Peace,” he noted.
The 31st SEA Games is set to have 520 events in 40 sports to be contested, of which 26 sports would be held in Hanoi.
Meanwhile, the ASEAN 11th Paragames would have 11 sports, including athletics, swimming, weightlifting, table tennis, badminton, judo, chess, boccia, tennis, archery, and floorball.