Vietnam prepares to host SEA Games 31 | Culture – Sports

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To prepare for the Sea games 31, staff and service personnel will be fully immunized. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS / VNA) – Vietnam is preparing to host the 31 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) next year.

An online meeting with participating countries will take place on October 18 to find out how many athletes and members are expected to attend the region’s biggest sporting event.

This will be the basis for the Organizing Council to have detailed plans, especially with the task of preventing and combating the COVID-19 pandemic during the Games.

“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese government has authorized the postponement of the 31st SEA Games to 2022. However, at present, the pandemic is still very complicated in many provinces and cities of the country “said Tran Duc Phan, Deputy Director of the National Sports Administration (NSA).

“It greatly affects our process of preparing for the event.”

In order to ensure progress, issues related to health and pandemic prevention for the Games are very important. The NSA hopes to soon receive specific guidance and advice on appropriate pandemic prevention and control from the Department of Health (MoH) and the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Phan said that from now until the scheduled start of the event, all staff will be fully vaccinated and receive a disease prevention certificate.

Luong Ngoc Khue, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases of the Ministry of Health (MoH), said the 31st SEA Games is an important international sporting event, bringing together a large number of delegations from countries from the region to Việt. Nam.

This is becoming a big challenge in controlling the pandemic for the health subcommittee of the SEA Games 31 Organizing Council and the Ministry of Health.

Therefore, as soon as there is an official government decision on the best time to host the 31st Games, the ministry will immediately begin leading specialized units to develop detailed and specific plans on the prevention and control of the pandemic.

According to Khue, most sports are competitive competitions, many of which involve direct contact, so the implementation of strict health rules is difficult to enforce.

The committee should review and refer to COVID-19 prevention and control work in other countries that have hosted sporting events during the pandemic period for reference, such as the Tokyo Olympics, the Games Paralympics, football matches during the World Cup qualifiers, to help the The Department of Health develops appropriate plans.

He added that the organizers can draw on the real situation in Vietnam to consider a plan to hold sports competitions in the same location, limiting travel to other provinces.

Going forward, the health subcommittee will publish a medical manual with specific instructions, including pandemic prevention, travel and testing to delegations and staff serving the Games.

The NSA will soon send an official dispatch to government, ministries and agencies to establish vaccine passport regulations to help subcommittees get specific guidance tailored to the real situation.

Vietnam is testing its facility system to prepare for next year’s Games which includes 40 sports and 520 disciplines. Hanoi will be the main venue for the event alongside other localities such as Quang Ninh, Phu Tho and Bac Ninh.

Quang Ninh has a 5,000-seat multipurpose gymnasium, a water sports hall, a shooting range, an archery range, a stadium combined with an athletics field. , a martial arts and fencers gymnasium, three beach volleyball courts, two beach sepak takraw courts and two tennis courts.

The province is also upgrading its facilities to accommodate seven sports, including indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, beach handball, Chinese chess, international chess, triathlon and women’s football.

Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong recently inspected the progress and quality of the works of the 31st Games at Bac Ninh University of Sports, which will host the indoor handball competition.

He also checked the progress made at the Hanoi venues, including the National Sports Training Center and the My Dinh National Stadium.

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