SEA Games 31 preparations score budget boost

By Hoang Nguyen   January 4, 2022 | 11:30 pm PT
SEA Games 31 preparations score budget boost
Gold medalist Tran Thi Minh Huyen performs tai chi at SEA Games 30 on December 1, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
The government has approved VND301 billion ($13.23 million) to be added to the preparation budget for SEA Games 31.

Approval was granted by Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai. In particular, VND283 billion would be distributed to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and VND18 billion to the Ministry of Public Security.

The organizers are speeding up the upgrade process of facilities, especially competition venues, which must be completed by March 2022.

SEA Games 31 was initially set to take place from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, 2021 in Vietnam. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, the event was postponed and is set to take place from May 12 to 23 this year.

Hanoi and 11 northern localities will host the event, which features 40 sports with 526 categories and about 10,000 participants.

The initial budget to host SEA Games 31 was around VND1,000 billion. Organizers expect to get $11.3 million in revenue, of which $3 million is from sponsors.

At SEA Games 30 in 2019, Vietnam finished second with 98 gold medals, behind hosts the Philippines.

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