HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday welcomed President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah who is also the chairman of the Association of National Olympic Committees.
Nhan hosted the president's visit to Ha Noi and thanked him for the support he gave to the country in the sport sector as well as for the annual provision of financial aid to the country's Olympic Committee to promote sports activities, improve sport performance, purchase equipment and train athletes.
He affirmed that Viet Nam was committed to satisfying requirements that the Olympic Council of Asia had set for the organisation of the 5th Asian Beach Games in 2016 and 18th Asian Games in 2019, and the country would ensure the development of necessary infrastructure to successfully host the 18th Asian Games in 2019 (ASIAD).
The OCA president said that a sports delegation from Australia is set to cooperate and assist Viet Nam in preparations for the 18th ASIAD. He expressed his belief that after these two events, Viet Nam's sporting image will be popularised throughout the Asian region.-VNS