Tonight (June 1), the 31st Southeast Asian Games closing ceremony and commendation ceremony took place in Hanoi. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended, congratulated and praised the outstanding achievements that the Vietnam Sports Delegation has achieved, bringing joy and happiness to the country, the people, and millions of fans. , pride with emotions that are hard to forget.
At the 31st SEA Games, the Vietnamese sports delegation showed great determination, surpassing themselves with outstanding achievements with 446 medals of all kinds. In which, achieved a record with 205 gold medals, broke 21/41 SEA Games records, consolidated the leading position in athletics and ranked second in swimming, successfully defended the gold medal in men’s football. and female.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized that Vietnam is hosting the 31st SEA Games with many difficulties and challenges in the context of the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic; even the organizational plan had to be delayed 6 months compared to the expected.
With the leadership, direction and high determination of the Party and State; the drastic efforts of ministries, branches, agencies and localities; the companionship and support of businesses and people; and especially the great efforts in training and competition of nearly 5,000 athletes, in 40 sports, mostly OLYMPIC and ASIAD, we had a great success in SEA Games.
It is also a testament to Vietnam’s safe and flexible adaptation and effective control of the COVID-19 epidemic, which is on the way of strong recovery and economic development, confidently opening up to the world. On behalf of the Party and State leaders, the Prime Minister praised and highly appreciated the efforts and sense of responsibility of relevant ministries, branches, localities and agencies to create a fair and honest SEA Games. , a noble sportsmanship with high professional quality; at the same time, spreading the spirit of solidarity – friendship among 11 cultures in the region.
Prime Minister emphasized: “In particular, our team of coaches and athletes have tried their best, practiced hard, determined in competition, demonstrated confidence, will, bravery and energy, competed in the competition. because of the colors of the flag, for the sports spirit of unity, honesty and nobility; combined with reasonable competition, making the most of each individual’s technique and strength to achieve the highest results throughout 17 years. fierce competition day.
I know that, in order to win medals, to be able to step on the stage of glory, to wear the Vietnamese flag, you have exchanged sweat, tears, and even your youth. Behind that medal are the days of hard work and sacrifice of both athletes and coaches. There are people who have had to temporarily put aside their roles as wives, mothers, husbands, and fathers, not being able to be with their loved ones for many months to focus on competing and bringing glory to the country.”
Recalling the advice of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: “We must never get drunk and fall asleep on a laurel wreath.” The Prime Minister suggested athletes maintain the spirit of “win without pride, defeat without discouragement”, maintain the will, strive more, more determined, make greater efforts to conquer new heights. .
The Prime Minister sent his thanks and gratitude to the fans, businesses, organizations, families and relatives of athletes. At the same time, thank you to the athletes who have not won a medal – who have worked very hard, tried their best, gone through many difficulties in the past 2 years to train with the highest responsibility. The Prime Minister emphasized, the most important thing is that they played their best, tried to surpass themselves and that is the greatest achievement.
The Prime Minister requested the physical training and sports industry to continue to maintain and strengthen the position of high-achieving sports, set higher goals, and invest with focus and focus, gradually approaching the level of sports. continents and the world, and at the same time attach importance to the development of mass sports.
The Prime Minister suggested continuing to research, propose policies and pay more attention to athletes and coaches in terms of material and spiritual life, training conditions, remuneration, and employment after graduation. leaving the field… to ensure overall, harmony, and suitability to the country’s conditions.
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