Ha Noi holds banquet to celebrate SEA Games 31

The capital city of Ha Noi on May 12 held a banquet to welcome the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), the biggest regional sports event with great cultural, political, diplomatic and economic significance that Viet Nam is hosting.
An overview of the event. (Photo: VNA)
An overview of the event. (Photo: VNA)

The event was attended by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ha Noi Chu Ngoc Anh, and representatives from localities hosting SEA Games 31.

Foreign guests at the event included Speaker of the Singaporean Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin; Minister of Education and Sports of Laos Phout Simmalavong; Minister of Tourism of Cambodia Thong Khon; President of the Olympic Committee of Myanmar U Min Thein Zan; Vice President of the Asian Olympic Council Gordon Tang; and representatives from ASEAN countries in Viet Nam and heads of sports delegations to SEA Games 31.

Opening the function, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ha Noi Chu Ngoc Anh said that Viet Nam is in an atmosphere of excitement for SEA Games 31, a special edition in the 63-year history of the regional sporting event. Along with preparations for the Games, Viet Nam has rolled out measures to ensure safety against COVID-19, he said.

Anh underlined that despite the great challenges and difficulties, the trust and support from Southeast Asian countries will assure a successful SEA Games.

He took the occasion to thank Southeast Asian countries and international sports organisations for their support and cooperation. He expressed his belief that they will continue to share experience with Viet Nam for the success of the Games, contributing to promoting friendship and sports cooperation among regional countries.

The SEA Games 31 is being held in Ha Noi and 11 other localities from May 12-23 with 40 sports. Ha Noi is hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and 16 sports events.

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(Source: VNA)