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Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

By Giang Huy   March 21, 2022 | 11:02 pm PT
Work on revamping and upgrading venues for SEA Games 31 has been speeded up to get them ready for the regional event that gets going in May.
Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

The Gia Lam Gymnasium in Hanoi, with a capacity of 2,500, will host the wrestling matches from May 17-19.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

This place has also been a regular venue for many national and international volleyball tournaments, like the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship in 2019.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

Besides the competition space, the makeover of the warm-up house, training center and the entrance are basically done.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

The Hoai Duc Gymnasium, Hanoi, with a capacity of 4,000 will be the venue for Judo and Kurash contests.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

Besides a renovated lighting system, the floor has been redone, reinforced with concrete and carpeted to ensure safety of the competition.

The equipment and seats in the VIP area have all been replaced, and standard large LED screen added.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

Panels and posters promoting the event are being set up at the Hoang Mai Gymnasium in Hanoi.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

Inside the gymnasium, work on some areas including the podium is not yet complete. However, organizers are confident that the renovations will be done in time.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

A banner is being erected outside the entrance to the My Dinh National Stadium. This is the venue for the May 12 SEA Games 31 opening ceremony.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

The My Dinh Stadium, first built to serve the 2003 SEA Games, is said to have deteriorated over the years.

In September 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism worked with the General Department of Physical Education and Sports, Vietnam Football Federation and the management board of My Dinh Stadium to renovate the grass surface and functional rooms such as press conference and monitoring rooms. Many other renovation works in the stadium are yet to be completed.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

The My Dinh Stadium will host the semi-finals and finals of SEA Games football contest. In the group stage, the teams will compete at Viet Tri Stadium in Phu Tho Province and Thien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh. The stadium will also host a series of track and field events.

Vietnam readies competition venues for SEA Games 31

The atmosphere of the SEA Games 31 has begun to spill out on to the streets in Hanoi, where 18 competitions are to be held at 15 locations.

The SEA Games 31 will take place May 12- 23 in Hanoi and 11 northern provinces: Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hoa Binh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh and Vinh Phuc. Contestants will compete in 40 sports with 520 categories.

Vietnam's target is to top the medals table and to defend the men's and women's football gold medal.

 
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