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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.


Image: By Vinhtantran – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

EVS delivers first-ever multisport MULTICAM second-screen experience at SEA Games 2015

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Organisers of the 28th SEA Games, Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), have partnered with EVS, the leading provider of live video solutions, to deliver an end-to-end multimedia production service for the upcoming multisport event held in Singapore, June 5 to 16. The service includes a cloud-based second-screen delivery platform for multimedia content distributed to mobile devices.

During the tournament, viewers will be able to watch live games and near-live multicam clips from the new SEA Games app, supporting Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Developed in partnership with NETCO SPORTS, the app will feature content from all 36 sports at the SEA Games, including swimming, boxing, rugby, cycling and table tennis, to name just a few. This is the first time such an extensive multimedia delivery platform has been built for a major multi-sport event with the multicam experience.

The live multimedia production system provided by EVS enables real-time ingest, multicam editing and metadata enrichment of live content, allowing to produce hundreds of hours of sports coverage for a worldwide audience. In addition to ingest, clipping and storage capabilities provided by the XT3 server and IPDirector asset management, EVS’ cloud-based service C-Cast solution connects with the on-site production infrastructure, enabling delivery of the live, near-live content to mobile devices. Through the app, viewers will be able to select and view multiple live games as well as on-demand replays and highlights with multicam experience.

Thomas Lim, Head of the Information Operations Centre, SINGSOC, said:

When planning an event like the SEA Games, preparation time always seems short and the speed required by facilities always high. The decision to engage EVS technology into our broadcast facilities helped us alleviate those issues and concentrate on new innovations. When we planned on building a multimedia platform for the Games, we knew EVS’ involvement would be vital.

Olivier Heurteaux, SVP APAC at EVS, added:

Our C-Cast technology is quickly becoming instrumental to many live broadcast events as more and more organisations want to deliver content to its mobile audiences. Since the FIFA World Cup 2014, millions of viewers are increasingly expecting to be able to watch major sports events on their smartphones or tablets, and C-Cast is the most advanced platform that enables media rights holders to do that.

The Singapore Sports Hub will once again play host to our annual ‘live’ event for sports venue design/build, operation, management, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, which will take place in the Hub’s Indoor Arena, September, 28-30.

Singapore’s SEA Games secures fourth partner

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Kingsmen Creatives Ltd, a leading communication design and production group, has joined the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games as the Official Venue Planning Provider. With a sponsorship valued at S$1.8m, Kingsmen is providing venue planning services including a dedicated team of designers, draftsmen, project managers and operations personnel to draft plans for overlay works, prepare detailed specifications and conduct site inspections for competition and training venues.

As part of the sponsorship, Kingsmen will also be extending its Wilkie Edge LED screen for Games advertising. Valued at S$1.2m, the screen advertising is expected to reach out to approximately 4.5 million people per month over a 52-week period.

Commenting on Kingsmen’s participation in the regional games, Mr Benedict Soh, Executive Chairman of Kingsmen said:

We are delighted to be a part of the 28th SEA Games. Kingsmen continues to be at the forefront of supporting key events throughout the region, including the Formula One Grand Prix, Shanghai World Expo, Commonwealth Games, Volvo Ocean Race, Youth Olympic Games and now the 28th SEA Games, which is a milestone event for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Recognising Kingsmen’s continued contribution to Singapore’s sporting scene, Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Community & Corporate Outreach, Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), said:

Kingsmen is not new to supporting sport in Singapore, having successfully partnered us for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. We are pleased to welcome Kingsmen back to the fold as we Celebrate the Extraordinary with the 28th SEA Games, in conjunction with Singapore’s Golden Jubilee next year. We look forward to leveraging each other’s experience from hosting major sporting events, in creating a memorable Games that all Singaporeans can be proud of.

Kingsmen’s involvement in the Games underpins the Group’s presence in Asia’s burgeoning lifestyle and sports scene. The Group is already widely recognised as a leading communication design and production group in Asia; having supported projects in Singapore such as BMW World, Enchanted Garden at Changi Airport, Gardens by the Bay, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Sports Hub, as well as regional projects such as Burj Khalifa Observatory Gallery, Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, Hong Kong Disneyland, Lotte and Tiffany & Co. to name a few.

The 28th SEA Games will be held from 5-16 June, 2015, with the Singapore Sports Hub being the main venue. Organised by the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), the Games is held in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th anniversary and will host more than 7,000 athletes and officials from 36 sports. Adopting the theme of ‘Celebrate the Extraordinary’, the Games will celebrate the triumph of the human spirit – be it in sports or daily lives; in success or in the grit to try again and again; in winning or in merely being at the start line.

The 28th SEA Games will show the people of Southeast Asia that success ultimately comes to ordinary people with extraordinary dreams. It’s not about having a champion, but inspiring the champion that is inside each of us.

Image caption: (L to R)  Managing Director, Kingsmen Exhibits Pte Ltd Mr Anthony Chong, Deputy Head of Games Operations, SINGSOC Mr Patrick Lee, Chief, Community & Corporate Outreach Mr Toh Boon Yi an Managing Director of Kingsmen Ooh-Media Mr Danny Lee pose with SEA Games mascot Nila. Photo by SINGSOC. Courtesy:

This month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event is being held at the main host venue for the 28th SEA Games, the Singapore Sports Hub. With more than 60 high-level speakers, including representatives from SportsHub Pte Ltd., Sport Singapore, Japan Sport Council, and the Western Australian Department of Sport & Recreation, the event boasts the most comprehensive conference program to ever be delivered in the region. Some 50+ industry-leading companies will also be showcasing their products and services during this unmissable 3-day event, which includes a special behind-the-scenes tour of the National Stadium.