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Vietnam gears up to host SEA Games 31

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Vietnam is gearing up to host the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 31 next year.

An online meeting with the participating countries will take place on October 18 to know the number of athletes and members expected to attend the region’s biggest sporting event.

This will be the basis for the organising board to have detailed plans, especially with the task of preventing and combating the COVID-19 pandemic during the Games. 

COVID-19 prevention

“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese Government allowed postponement of the 31st SEA Games to 2022. However, at present, the pandemic is still very complicated in many provinces and cities across the country,” said Tran Duc Phan, deputy director of the National Sports Administration (NSA). 

“This greatly affects our preparation process for the event.”

In order to ensure progress, health-related issues and pandemic prevention for the Games are very important. The NSA hopes to soon receive specific directions and guidance on appropriate pandemic prevention and control from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Phan said from now until the scheduled start of the event, staff and service staff will be fully vaccinated and be granted a certificate of disease prevention.

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To prepare for the SEA Games 31, the staff and service staff will be fully vaccinated. — Photo baotintuc.vn

Luong Ngoc Khue, deputy head of the Steering Committee for Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control of the MoH, said the 31st Games is an important international sporting event, bringing a large number of delegations from regional countries to Vietnam.

This becomes a big challenge in pandemic control for the Health Subcommittee (belonging to the SEA Games 31’s organising board) and the MoH. Therefore, as soon as there is an official decision from the Government on the best time to organise the 31st Games, the MoH will immediately start directing specialised units to work out detailed and specific plans on pandemic prevention and control.

According to Khue, most of the sports are competitive competitions, with many involving direct contact, so the implementation of strict health rules is difficult to apply.

The committee needs to consider and refer to the COVID-19 prevention and control work carried out in other countries that have hosted sports events during the pandemic period for reference, such as Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics, football matches in World Cup qualifiers, to help the MoH develop appropriate plans.

Khue added that organisers can rely on the actual situation in Vietnam to consider a plan to hold sports competitions in the same place, limiting travel to other provinces.

In the future, the Health Subcommittee will issue a medical handbook with specific instructions including pandemic prevention, movement, and testing to delegations as well as the staff serving the Games.

The NSA will soon send an official dispatch to the Government, ministries, and agencies to set out regulations on vaccine passports to help subcommittees have specific directions which are suitable for the actual situation. 

Perfecting system of facilities

Vietnam is trying its system of facilities to prepare for the Games next year which includes 40 sports and 520 disciplines. Hanoi will be the main place hosting the event alongside other provinces such as Quang Ninh, Phu Tho and Bac Ninh.

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Renovating My Dinh National Stadium is one of the important projects in Hanoi to prepare for the 31st SEA Games. — Photo nld.com.vn

Quang Ninh has a 5,000-seat multi-purpose gymnasium, an aquatic sports palace, a shooting range, an archery range, a stadium combined with an athletics field, a gymnasium for martial arts, and fencers, three beach volleyball courts, two beach sepak takraw courts, and two tennis courts.

Quang Ninh is also upgrading its facilities to host seven sports including indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, beach handball, Chinese chess, international chess, triathlon, and women’s football.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong recently inspected the progress and quality of the works for the 31st Games at Bac Ninh University of Sports which will be the venue for the indoor handball competition.

Cuong also checked progress being made at venues in Hanoi including the National Training Sports Centre and My Dinh National Stadium.

Source: Vietnam News

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My Dinh Stadium allowed to welcome 30 pct of viewers for Vietnam’s matches in World Cup qualifiers

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My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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Football fans in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi has approved a plan on the organisation of the matches, announced the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on October 21.

The two games will take place on November 11 and five days later, respectively. 

To be eligible for entering the stadium, spectators must be fully vaccinated with the second shot being injected at least 14 days or recover from COVID-19 within six months; test negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours before kick-off; and follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message. 

Vietnam have yet to collect any points after four matches and are at the bottom of Group B of the final qualifying round, which they played for the first time ever.
 
Vietnam are of the same group with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Oman./.

Source: VNA

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Pianist Dang Thai Son’s student comes first at int’l Chopin piano competition

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li (Photo courtesy of Chopin Institute).

Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

Another student of Son, JJ Bui, won the 6th prize.

Son, who himself was the first Asian to win first prize and the gold medal at the same competition in 1980, expressed his pride on his students’ achievements on Facebook. The Vietnamese pianist is now teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the US.

Held every five years since 1927, the Chopin competition would normally have been held last year, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s competition, held from October 2-23, drew 87 pianists from 18 nations across the globe, including 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast live on YouTube and via a bespoke mobile app, the contest attracted record online interest. Some 70,000 people watched the result streamed online./.

Source: VNA

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Hanoi stadium allows 12,000 spectators at World Cup qualifiers next month

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The Hanoi People’s Committee has announced that it will allow spectators to enjoy Vietnam’s matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia at My Dinh National Stadium in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in November.

Chu Xuan Dung, deputy chairman of the committee, signed and sent the approval to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism on Thursday afternoon.

Dung allowed related units to sell tickets at 30 percent of My Dinh’s 40,000 seating capacity so that a maximum of 12,000 fans can lively support Vietnam in each of their games against Japan on November 11 and Saudi Arabia on November 16.

Spectators must have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for at least 14 days or have recovered from COVID-19 no more than six months prior, have a negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before the game, and strictly comply with social distancing recommendations at the stadium.

The deputy chairman requested the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) ensure security and safety for the participating teams and officials attending the matches.

In addition, the VFF must designate a hospital in advance to handle possible cases of injury, illness, or COVID-19 infection.

The sports ministry and the VFF had sought permission for the two qualifying games to take place with spectators’ attendance as Hanoi had escaped the brunt of a fierce wave of coronavirus infections which have rocked Vietnam since late April, with the capital city recording just 4,374 of the country’s 872,811 community transmissions.

The city’s new cases have been on the decline and the majority of its adult population have been at least partially vaccinated.

After a leader of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports said from the capital administration’s point of view, those two matches would take place behind closed doors, the VFF reported the issue to the prime minister via the sports ministry, leading to the U-turn.

Three places down

While enjoying Hanoi authorities’ approval for spectators to attend the World Cup qualifying matches, certain Vietnamese football fans were likely dismayed to hear that the Golden Stars slipped from 95th to 98th in the October update of the FIFA rankings on Thursday afternoon.

The demotion also saw Vietnam slide from 15th to 17th in the Asia rankings.

This is the first time in two years, from October 2019 to September 2021, that the Vietnamese have not placed in the top 15 of the continental football table.

This was foreseen as Vietnam lost all their first four games in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, most recently 1-3 to Oman, and are at the bottom of Group B with zero points.

If Vietnam are defeated by Japan and Saudi Arabia next month, they will definitely be knocked out of the top 100 in the FIFA rankings. 

The final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers is contested by two groups of six teams.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s tournament while the third-place teams will play for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

This is the first time Vietnam have made it this far in the World Cup qualifiers.

The squad will resume training on October 25 as per their schedule.

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