|Kicker: The arial view of Mỹ Đình Stadium, which will be upgraded to serve SEA Games 31 and Para Games 11 to be held in Hà Nội in 2021. — Photo phapluatxahoi.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved Hà Nội’s hosting of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 11th ASEAN Para Games (Para Games 11) in 2021.
Previously, the capital hosted the SEA Games 22 in 2003, the Asian Indoor Games in 2009 and several other big international sporting events.
To ensure preparations are implemented effectively, the PM assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to submit reports to the Politburo in July for consultation on the guidelines of hosting the events.
Upon the Politburo’s agreement on the guidelines, the People’s Committee of Hà Nội will assume prime responsibility and work with the ministry as well as related organisations to organise the SEA Games 31 and Paragames 11.
The committee is also expected to complete a detailed plan on infrastructure to fully utilise available infrastructure, limit construction and call for different financial resources.
At the same time, athletes and coaches should be thoroughly prepared to achieve the best results at the events.
Over the years, Việt Nam’s sport and physical education sector has demonstrated great determination to be ready to host the Sea Games 31 and Para Games 11 in 2021. It is an honour for Việt Nam, contributing to promoting the national sport movement, the image of the country, the people of Việt Nam and international friends.
According to the MCST, SEA Games 31 is scheduled to last for about 17 days and Para Games 11, about 11 days, from October to December 2021. About 11,000 athletes and coaches are expected to participate in SEA Games 31, with some 2,100 to join Para Games 11. — VNS