ASEAN sports delegation lauds Quang Ninh’s readiness to host SEA Games 31

ASEAN sports delegation lauds Quang Ninh's readiness to host SEA Games 31
Sports delegation of ASEAN countries tours Cam Pha stadium in Quang Ninh. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh will host seven out of 40 sports in the Games, including volleyball and women’s football.

Deputy Secretary General for Administration of the Philippine Olympic Committee Carl Sambrano highly valued the province’s preparations, especially at the 5,000-seat gymnasium which will host indoor volleyball matches.

He added that the expressway linking Ha Noi and Quang Ninh facilitate the travel of participating teams between the two localities.

Chong Fui Kim from the Singapore National Olympic said although the COVID-19 pandemic delivered a heavy blow to Viet Nam’s preparation for SEA Games 31, most of the competition venues Council in Quang Ninh stand ready to host the regional event.

He spoke highly of efforts and determination of the organising board and Vietnamese people in preparing for the Games despite the complex developments of COVID-19, believing that the event will be successful.

Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture and Sports Nguyen Thanh Tung informed that the training area for Southeast Asian athletes has been about 80 percent completed and all tasks are projected to finish next month.

A health subcommittee of the province is responsible for building plans and assigning personnel for COVID-19 prevention and control and doping test.

Quang Ninh also plans to work together with telecom companies to ensure an information technology system serving the SEA Games 31.

The Games, themed “For a stronger South East Asia”, will run in Ha Noi and 11 neighboring 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.

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