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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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The ‘best ever’ Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific Preliminary Conference Program has been unveiled this week, with a stunning array of industry-elite speakers to share their invaluable insights during the 2.5 day event.

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The Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena have been named the first-ever Environmental Innovators of the Year in the NBA category by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), recognised for excellence in advancing the sport green movement through their ongoing implementation of sustainability elements in their venue.

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The Chinese Football Association (CFA) and Wanda Sports Holdings have revealed that the first-ever ‘China Cup’ international football tournament will take place in just six months time. The 2017 event will be held in the southern Chinese autonomous region of Guangxi, in Nanning city, from January 9 to 16. China and the three first-class national teams from Europe and the Americas will play four games, offering fans a glimpse of the highest levels of international soccer.

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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have announced the Tokyo 2020 Live Site Programme ‘Rio to Tokyo’ that will take place during the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and across Japan, as a foretaste of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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With six successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi expect the seventh edition to be even better with the addition of several new highlights this year.

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Vietnam is expected to host the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2021, pending the Prime Minister’s approval.

The Tuoi Tre (Youth) online newspaper reported that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is working out a document seeking the permission from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to host the region’s biggest sports event, which is organised every two years.

Vietnam first hosted the SEA Games, organised under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF), in 2003.

Chris Chan of the SEAGF Sport & Rules Committee has sent a letter regarding the SEA Games 2021 to Vietnam’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Anh Tuan, the report said.

Chan said that according to the SEAGF’s Charter, ASEAN members will take turns to host the Games. At a recent meeting in Singapore, the committee agreed that Malaysia would be the hosts in 2017, followed by Brunei in 2019 and then Vietnam in 2021.

The report quoted Vuong Bich Thang, head of the National Sports Administration, as saying:

If the PM agrees with the ministry’s proposal, the Viet Nam Olympics Committee will make its confirmation to SEAGF in the next meeting on June 4 in Singapore.

The Vietnamese committee will take responsibility on making plans for the Games.

If the PM rejects it, we have to inform SEAGF immediately, and it will appoint another country to replace us.

Hosting the Games is not only our right but also the responsibility of all ASEAN nations. It is Viet Nam’s turn to take charge after having participated in many Games in different countries.

He said organising the SEA Games will help Vietnam improve its social infrastructure and develop sports.

The Games are expected to be organised in HCM City (Ho Chi Minh City), the nation’s economics and sports hub, which is home to 91 football fields, the largest being the 25,000-seat Thống Nhất Stadium (pictured) and also the 25,000-seat multiuse 7th Military District Stadium that was one of the venues for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals.

The host city does not have to build new facilities, but just needs to upgrade the available ones for the biennial competition.

Thang added:

Hanoi hosted the 22nd Games in 2003 and the Asian Indoor Games in 2009. The city meets all demands for the 2021 SEA Games.

It is expected that the country’s sport sector will spend around 1,757 billion VND (about US$78m) for the organisation of the event.


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