Hanoi leader inspects works for SEA Games 31, ASEAN Para Games 11 hinh anh 1Secretary of the Hanoi municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Secretary of the Hanoi municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue has requested ensuring the progress of repairing and upgrading work on facilities for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 11th Southeast Asian Para Games (ASEAN Para Games 11).

He made the request while inspecting the city's training of athletes and preparations for the competitions, as Hanoi will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the competition of 25 out of 40 sport events in SEA Games 31 and all activities during ASEAN Para Games 11.

Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports Tran Thi Van Anh said almost all departments, agencies and authorities of Hanoi’s districts and communes have built their own plans on repairing and upgrading existing sport facilities at a total cost of over 597 billion VND (25.9 million USD), which is funded by the city’s budget. The work is expected to be completed before September 30 this year. 

Hanoi leader inspects works for SEA Games 31, ASEAN Para Games 11 hinh anh 2Secretary of the Hanoi municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue greets athletes on training (Photo: VNA)

The city set the goal of earning 38-40 golds, or over 30 percent of gold medals targeted by the Vietnamese team, 30-32 silvers and 28-30 bronzes.

Hue also asked for studying mechanisms and policies to recruit foreign coaches and talented athletes.

SEA Games 31 will be held from November 21 to December 2 with 40 sports while ASEAN Para Games 11 is on December 17-23 with 11 different sports. It will be the second time that Vietnam has hosted these biennial Games.

Among the venues for sports competitions of SEA Games 21, the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi is set to host track-and-field races while Quan Ngua Stadium gymnastics, artistic gymnastics and aerobics events.

The Hanoi National Centre for Sport Training and Competition will be a venue for shooting, rifling, flying saucer, bowing, weightlifting, athletics and petanque.

Taekwondo events will be organised at Tay Ho Competition Hall, fencing events at Hanoi Indoor Games Gymnasium, judo and kurash at Hoai Duc Competition Hall, wushu at Cau Giay Competition Hall, pencak silat at Bac Tu Liem Competition Hall, classic wrestling and freestyle wrestling at Gia Lam Competition Hall, Vovinam at Soc Son Competition Hall, dance sports at Long Bien Competition Hall, and Jujitsu at Dan Phuong Competition Hall.

Other competitions will be held at My Dinh Water Sport Palace, Thanh Tri, Hoang Mai and Ha Dong Competition Halls.

Bowling events will take place at Royal City Hanoi and electronic sports at the National Convention Centre.

Apart from Hanoi, some nearby localities will also provide venues for SEA Games 31, including Hoa Binh, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Vinh Phuc, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho, Ha Nam.

Hoa Binh province will host road and mountain biking events. Meanwhile, the northern province of Bac Ninh will serve boxing, kickboxing, tennis, indoor handball and karate competitions.

Muay, golf, triathlon and duathlon events will take place in Vinh Phuc while women’s football, volleyball, beach handball, chess and Chinese chess events will be held in Quang Ninh.

Rowing, canoeing, kayaking competitions are scheduled to be held in Hai Phong city, table tennis in Hai Duong province and badminton in Bac Giang provinces.

Men’s football is due to take place at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Nam Dinh and Phu Tho provinces. Men’s futsal is to be organised in Ha Nam province./.