|Reporters take part in the third international press conference on May 21. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Đức|
HÀ NỘI — The SEA Games 31 is considered an event of solidarity in the spirit of fair play, according to the Organising Committee at the third international press conference on May 21 in Hà Nội.
Many local and international reporters and journalists attended the conference chaired by deputy head of the Information and Communications Sub-Committee Lê Thị Hoàng Yến, who summarised and reviewed the regional sports meet's activities.
"Almost competitions have been well organised in the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. Olympic sports are run following clear rules and regulations while sensitive sports, including martial art performance events, are assessed fairly and objectively," said Yến, who is the vice chairwoman of the Việt Nam Sports Administration.
"The chief-de-missions of all teams are satisfied with organising activities of the hosts. To date, we have not received any complaints or protests. This is mainly because the referees and officials working at the Games' 40 sports are from the Southeast Asian and Asian federations.
"Athletes and delegation members are given the best-staying conditions in Việt Nam, staying in five-star hotels with a variety of food including Halai dishes for Muslims."
The organisers also provide free tours to famous attractions and historical sites to participants in every host city and province. Guests are also introduced to and given a chance to try Việt Nam's specialities during their tours.
At the conference, the organisers also briefed on the closing ceremony of the Games at the Mỹ Đình Indoor Athletics Palace.
Themed "Convergence to Shine," the ceremony will be a stage of youthful and modern performance, emphasising a Southeast Asia strongly integrating with the world.
Using sound and light technology, the closing ceremony on May 23 promises to be a bright, lively, profound, impressive and warm goodbye to friends and delegations.
The two most valuable players of the Games will be announced that night.
At the event, Việt Nam will transfer the SEA Games flag to the next host country, Cambodia. The SEA Games 32 plans to have 40 sports held in the same month as the Games 31.
Certificate for slogan author
During the press conference, the organisers presented a VNĐ10 million award to journalist Doãn Hữu Bình who created the SEA Games 31's slogan "For a Stronger Southeast Asia".
|Journalist Doãn Hữu Bình (left), author of the SEA Games 31's slogan "For a Stronger Southeast Asia". — VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Đức|
A year before the SEA Games 31, organisers launched a contest to compose an official slogan for the Games.
Overcoming many entries, Bình's slogan was chosen as simple but meaningful.
"I just participated in the contest in the last minutes after many entries were ousted. My slogan was one of the final five, and it received a nod from the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Head of the Organising Committee)," Bình said, managing editor of the Sports Magazine.
He said a year from its recognition, he has been very proud of his work which has been widely spread in local and international newspapers and televisions. It can also be seen in many public locations and competition venues in host cities and provinces, in little things like the ribbons of the press cards.
"Through the slogan, I want to convey a message to all people and governments of the Southeast Asia region. We should be united and build a strong ASEAN community, and promote ASEAN's role in the international arena." — VNS