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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

By Hoang Nguyen   May 21, 2022 | 09:14 pm PT
Home fans are a big part of SEA Games 31 with their endless support of athletes, anytime, anywhere.
Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

On May 16, many fans stood on Tuong hill, Hoa Binh to watch and support Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh in the cross-country cycling event. Quynh responded to supporters by winning the gold medal for Vietnam.

“Nhu Quynh is the golden girl of Vietnamese cycling. This is a rare occasion for us to see her compete at home, so we gathered here to show our support,” said Phan Thanh Quy.

Photo by Duc Dong

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

A small fan was taken by her family to Cam Pha Stadium, Quang Ninh on May 14 to watch Vietnam play Cambodia in the group stage of women’s football.

Photo by Duc Dong

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

A total 16,000 seats at Cam Pha Stadium were painted red and yellow. The atmosphere could be described as incredible and Vietnam won the game 7-0.

Photo by Duc Dong.

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Also on May 14, 12 consecutive finals in different events including kickboxing took place in Bac Ninh. When the last game between Nguyen Quang Huy and Thailand’s Chai Valsiripattanachai began at 11:30 p.m., many local fans were still there to show their support.

Photo by Giang Huy

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

And Huy didn’t disappoint. He defeated his opponent 3-0 to win the gold medal. After winning, Huy bowed to thank the fans on all four sides of the stands.

Photo by Giang Huy

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

On May 13, when Vietnamese rowing won consecutive gold medals, many fans came to Thuy Nguyen Aquatic Center in Hai Phong to create an atmosphere similar to a football match.

Photo by Duc Dong

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Two fans holding Vietnam flags run back and forth to heat up the crowd.

Photo by Duc Dong

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

During the men’s football game between Vietnam and the Philippines on May 8, fans in stand B and C had their own way to show support, by throwing paper towels. This type of cheering is popular in South American countries like Brazil and Argentina, but a rare sight in Vietnam.

Photo by Lam Thoa

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

The rain at the end of the game softened the paper and got them all mushy, which was difficult to clean up, though many fans stayed behind to lend a hand.

Photo by Lam Thoa

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Many students from a kindergarten near Dai Yen Arena in Quang Ninh came to cheer for the women’s volleyball team on May 13, with Vietnam winning 3-1 against Indonesia.

Photo by Duc Dong

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Thousands of fans burst with joy when Nguyen Tien Linh scored the winning goal for Vietnam against Malaysia in extra time of the SEA Games semifinal on May 19.

Photo by Quynh Tran

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Foreign participants like Filipino pool legend Efren Reyes, Singapore star swimmer Joseph Schooling and Thailand football team manager Nualphan Lamsam have said they were impressed with the atmosphere created by Vietnamese fans at the 31st SEA Games.

Photo by Gia Chinh

 
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