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SEA Games 31 to go green



The SEA Games 31’s International Press Conference in Hà Nội on May 9. VNA/ Photo Tuấn Đức

Thanh Hà

HÀ NỘI — The SEA Games 31 will be a green sports events that encourages people to use eco-friendly and reusable products. 

The SEA Games Organising Committee made the official appeal at the second International Press Conference held in Hà Nội on May 9.

“Besides fair play and sportsmanship, many sports events in the world have highlighted environment protection,” said Vũ Minh Lý, deputy director of the Centre for Communication of Natural Resources and Environment.

“Environment pollution in general and plastic waste pollution in particular have become urgent issues, as you all know. Through SEA Games, we want to organise activities to raise people’s awareness of a green environment.

“During the Games, all people – athletes, coaches, supporters and visitors – can collect their plastic garbage and drop by our booths to exchange small gifts which are related to the SEA Games 31, such as bags, keyrings and others which are all reusable and eco-friendly,” Lý said.

“We will provide SEA Games organisers and participants alternative products which are environmentally friendly and made from natural and biologically-sourced materials such as dust bags, knives, forks and spoons made of cornflour. These are only some of the products to be provided during the SEA Games.”

Lý added that the programme will spread the idea of a green SEA Games through mass media, public transportation, and roadshows. Volunteers are also encouraged to join the strategy. Leaflets, guidebooks and handbooks will be delivered to people. 

The organisers also briefed on Việt Nam’s plans to entertain not only SEA Games participants but also foreign tourists who come to the country for the SEA Games.

Hà Văn Siêu, deputy head of the Việt Nam Tourism Administration, said SEA Games 31 is a chance for Việt Nam’s tourism to be boosted after the government officially reopened the borders to tourists in March.

“It is a huge event in the region and a valuable opportunity to let people know that Việt Nam is a safe, friendly and attractive destination to people in ASEAN and the world,” Siêu said.

“Since Việt Nam decided to host the SEA Games, we have cooperated with the sports officials to make up plans for tourism. We have built up an exclusive website to serve tourists coming in SEA Games time. They can search for all information, not just about the Games, but also about Việt Nam.

“In 12 host localities, we set up booths that spread the news of tourism, gifts, exhibition, cuisine, music and dance information and more.

“We also introduced new tourism products, such as multi-choice of tours, so that visitors can enjoy their time in Việt Nam.”

The Organising Committee answer question from the media about the organisational activities of the SEA Games 31. VNA/ Photo Tuấn Đức

On this occasion, Nguyễn Ngọc Quý, director of Quảng Bình Province’s Department of Tourism, announced attractive prizes for SEA Games 31 participants.

“Prizes from Quảng Bình tourism are up for grab. They are for all athletes, coaches and reporters attending the Games,” he said.

The prizes include tours to the central province for 50 international reporters, karate coaches, medal-winners and a special VNĐ140 million tour to visit Sơn Đồng Cave, the world’s largest cave, for the SEA Games’ most valuable athletes.

The new feature of the Việt Nam Games is through cooperation with Google, creating a search trend with keywords and sports for the Games.

A representative of Google said, that for the first time, Google has made a separate page for SEA Games 31 which is updated every four hours.

At the conference, delegates were given information about important events such as the opening and closing ceremonies, and answers to their questions about the organisation and preparation activities for the Games. Reporters and journalists will be strongly supported at the Games.



Thai judokas take top spot in mixed event



Nguyễn Ngọc Diễm Phương (in white) competes with Myat Neo Wai Chu of Myanmar in the mixed event at the SEA Games 31 on May 22. VNA/ Photo Quang Quyết

Thanh Nga

HÀ NỘI — The Thai judokas brought home the gold medal in the mixed event on May 22.

The event was held at Hoài Đức Gymnasium in Hà Nội.

In the final, Thailand competed with Indonesia with six pairs of athletes in six weight classes. Thailand defeated Indonesia 4-2 to take the gold.

The Indonesian team won silver.

The bronze medal went to Việt Nam as they defeated Myanmar 4-2. The Vietnamese team had Hà Thị Nga competing in the women’s +70kg category, Nguyễn Châu Hoàng Lân in the men’s +90kg, Nguyễn Ngọc Diễm Phương in the women -57kg, Nguyễn Hải Bá in the men’s -73kg, Nguyễn Thị Hường in the women’s -70 kg and Lê Anh Tài in the men’s -90kg.

Although it rained heavily, many fans came to the gymnasium to cheer for the martial artists.

After five days of competition, Việt Nam topped the team’s rankings with nine gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

Head Coach of the Vietnamese judo team Nguyễn Duy Khanh expressed his satisfaction with the efforts and results of the Vietnamese team. After the SEA Games, the athletes will prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers.


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Historical play on President Hồ Chí Minh released



The image of Uncle Hồ was depicted faithfully in the play “The 72nd Letter”.  — Photo courtesy of Lệ Ngọc Theatre

HÀ NỘI — The newly premiered play ‘Lá đơn thứ 72′ at Lệ Ngọc Theatre evoked strong emotions in the audience due to its accurate depiction of President Hồ Chí Minh, who always fought for the underprivileged.

Hoàng Thanh Du, the play’s author, said that it was based on real documents of lawyer Nguyễn Trọng Tỵ,  former Judge of the Supreme People’s Court, who helped clarify many wrongful conviction cases.

Lá đơn thứ 72′ (The 72nd Letter) tells the story of Đỗ Minh, a Party member and former local official who was sentenced to eight years in prison for murder.

To prove his innocence, Minh penned a series of letters pleading for help while in prison. After 72 consecutive letters, his request reached President Hồ Chí Minh.

Uncle Hồ then sought a re-investigation of this case after noticing Minh’s compliance with prison regulations and his practice of setting aside a small amount of money to pay the Party fee.

He believes that for a Party member with such strong faith in the Party, his sentence may be unjust.

People’s Artist Lê Tiến Thọ, who participated in the staging of the play, said that this is one of the theatre’s best scripts depicting President Hồ.

The creative team faced a significant task, in his opinion, in conveying the message to follow Hồ Chí Minh’s thought, morality and lifestyle on stage.

“We try to set up the stage, get the sound, light, actors’ performances, and artists’ language to work together so that the audience, especially young people, can enjoy this play. Hopefully, it will be a special theatrical work to celebrate the 132nd anniversary of President Hồ Chí Minh’s birthday,” Thọ said.

People’s Artist Vương Duy Biên said when reviewed the screenplay, he envisioned a tranquil Hà Nội from previous decades on the stage.

Biên added that he was touched when he read documents about Uncle Hồ’s trips and will aim to faithfully portray Hồ Chí Minh on stage.

In addition to ‘Lá đơn thứ 72′, Lệ Ngọc Theatre also staged a new play named ‘Truyền tích Chùa Một Cột’ (The Legend of One Pillar Pagoda).

It’s a play of history and mystery, written with the aim that the young generation can appreciate this unique heritage more.

The drama recreates the Lý dynasty’s golden era through the story of the One Pillar Pagoda’s foundation.

The image of King Lý Thái Tông, the second king of the Lý dynasty, stands out. He thought that the country and its people should be ruled with humanity in mind.

The show also helps people learn more about the One Pillar Pagoda, which is a unique symbol of Buddhist culture in Việt Nam.

With intricate staging, fascinating scripts, and captivating plots, the two theatrical pieces are certain to evoke unforgettable feelings in the audience. VNS


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PM congratulates Vietnamese women’s football team



Vietnamese players celebrate their victory. VNA/ Photo

Bảo Ngọc

HÀ NỘI — State leaders have congratulated the Vietnamese women’s football team on winning the gold medal on May 21.

President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc praised Huỳnh Như and her teammates for their successful competition, which brought endless joy to fans throughout the country. President Phúc also praised coach Mai Đức Chung, the coaching staff, and the players for their accomplishments.

He thanked the sports fans for bringing the love of sport and national pride together at Cẩm Phả Stadium and across the nation, creating spiritual strength for the “female warriors” to go through each match, especially the final, to bring glory to the country, and pride for Vietnamese women’s football.

Shortly after the final match, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính sent a letter of congratulations to the Vietnamese women’s soccer team.

PM Chính expressed his delight that the players successfully defended their top place at the SEA Games for the seventh time. 

“With courage, determination, and intelligence, the women’s football team once again shone and contributed an outstanding gold medal to the 391 SEA Games medals of the Việt Nam delegation,” he wrote. 

PM Chính congratulated the women’s football team on their victory and emphasised that it would inspire the Vietnamese sports delegation to be more determined and succeed in upcoming competitions.

After the final match, the players also received congratulations from National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ through the President of Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) Trần Quốc Tuấn.

According to Tuấn, the VFF decided to award VNĐ2 billion (US$86,000) to the Vietnamese women’s team following their final match. He stated that it was a miracle accomplished by Vietnamese players under the intelligent direction of head coach Mai Đức Chung.

In addition, Quảng Ninh Province also awarded the players VNĐ1 billion, Tuần Châu Group and Thanh Niên Newspaper awarded VNĐ1 billion, TTP Coal Corporation gave them VNĐ500 million in rewards, and the SEA Games Organising Committee offered a bonus of VNĐ100 million for their efforts.

Notably, FE Credit Company also decided to award VNĐ3 billion to the team.

The total reward for the Vietnamese women’s football team for the final night has reached VNĐ7.6 billion ($328,000). —  


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