Vietnam has been confirmed as the host nation for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2021.
The capital city of Hanoi submitted a plan for the hosting of the region’s biggest sports event to Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the General Department of Sports.
Current facilities will be upgraded to serve the event and no new facility will be built, as instructed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
According to the 80-page plan, a total of more than VND1.74 trillion (US$78m) will be spent on the event.
Vietnam first hosted the SEA Games, organised under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF), in 2003.
Vuong Bich Thang, Head of the National Sports Administration, has reportedly said that “…organising the SEA Games will help Vietnam improve its social infrastructure and develop sports”.
Hanoi hosted the 22nd Games in 2003 and the Asian Indoor Games in 2009. The city meets all demands for the 2021 SEA Games.
Nearly VND1 trillion will be earmarked for organising activities and the rest for upgrading relevant facilities, including the My Dinh Sports Complex (pictured above) and the Aquatic Sports Centre. Other venues in nearby provinces can also be used.
Total revenue is expected to be nearly VND97 billion, including contributions from 10 other participating countries, sponsors, advertisement and broadcast rights. That is around 5.6% of the investment.
The 31st SEA Games will be held for the last two weeks of November 2021, with more than 10,000 participants and 36 sports.
After the success of the 2015 Games in Singapore, the 2017 Games are being held in Malaysia and the 2019 Games in the Philippines.
Image: The My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi will be among major venues for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in 2021.