VOV.VN - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh paid a visit to the National Sports Training Centre in Hanoi on April 18 ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) to inspect the site and offer words of encouragement to Vietnamese athletes training there.
Meeting with national athletes, PM Chinh expressed his great appreciation of the efforts competent agencies have made in creating favourable conditions for local athletes to practice during the country’s COVID-19 fight.
He shared some of the difficulties with coaches and athletes, whilst praising their efforts and achievements over recent times.
He encouraged them to try their best in every competition, upholding the sporting spirit of solidarity, honesty, and nobility, as well as peace-loving, co-operation, and development for both the region and the wider world at the coming event.
PM Chinh later inspected SEA Games preparations ahead at the Hanoi Athletics Palace and My Dinh National Stadium.
The Government leader reminded that the opening ceremony due to take place at My Dinh Stadium on May 12 must represent a highlight of the region’s largest sporting event as it needs to showcase the country’s historical traditions and cultural identity, whilst also leaving a positive impression in the hearts of international friends.
The SEA Games 31 is scheduled to get underway from May 12 to May 23 in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring localities. The event will see approximately 10,000 athletes and coaches from across Southeast Asia compete in 40 sports.
This will mark the second time that the capital has hosted the SEA Games since 2003.