SEA Games 31 was a great success: Prime Minister
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh of Viet Nam addresses the SEA Games closing ceremony. (Photo: VOV)|
“On behalf of the leaders of the Party and State of Viet Nam, I declare the closing of the games, but the flame of faith, triumph, friendship solidarity, peace and development in Southeast Asia will stay lit forever,” said the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese Sports Minister Nguyen Van Hung, in his remarks, noted that the success of SEA Games 31 not only demonstrates the great effort of the host country (Viet Nam) and the enthusiastic support of countries in the region, but testifies to the good future development of regional sports, which are gradually approaching the level of the continent and the world.
|Honouring the achievements recorded by all 11 participating sport delegations. (Photo: VOV)|
Minister Nguyen Van Hung and Hanoi Mayor Chu Ngoc Anh presented awards to outstanding athletes, including Nguyen Thi Oanh of Viet Nam who won 3 golds in athletics, Joshua Robert Atkinson of the Philippines who clinched four golds in athletics, Nguyen Huy Hoang of Viet Nam who took five golds and broke two SEA Games records in swimming, and Quah Jing Wen of Singapore who was given six golds and broke a SEA Games record in swimming.
|An art performance about Ha Noi that hosts the opening and closing ceremonies and many other sports. (Photo: VOV)|
The closing ceremony themed ‘Gather to Shine’ was divided into three parts that highlight the community solidarity, friendship and cooperation, as well as efforts to shine by all Southeast Asian countries.
The flame of SEA Games 31 went dark, and the flags of the games 31 and the Southeast Asian Games Federation were lowered.
|A Cambodian official receives the SEA Games flag to host the games in 2023. (Photo: VOV)|
Minister Hung, who is also head of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, handed over the SEA Games flag to a representative of the Olympic Committee of Cambodia that is scheduled to host the games in 2023.
|The final medal ranking of the SEA Games 31.|
SEA Games 31 took place in Ha Noi and 11 neighbouring localities from May 12-23, with regional athletes competing in 40 sports. Organisers presented a total of 1,759 medals of all kinds, including 525 golds, 522 silvers and 712 bronzes to athletes, with 30 new SEA Games records set this time.
Viet Nam topped the medal table with 205 golds, surpassing the record of 194 golds set by Indonesia at the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta.