The closing ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian Games
9 pm: Athlete Dinh Phuong Thanh (TDDC) brought the SEA Games flag to the stage. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and President of the Vietnam Olympic Committee Nguyen Van Hung presented the flag to the representative of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, the host country of the next Olympics.
20 hours 45 minutes: Premier Fan Mingqing delivered the closing speech of the 31st SEA Games:
“The 31st Southeast Asian Games was a great success. On behalf of the Vietnamese party and state leaders, I declare the Asian Games closed. The torch of victory; the torch of friendship. The torch of meeting, unity, peace and the development of Southeast Asia will always be lit.
We will meet for the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in beautiful and hospitable Cambodia. Goodbye. thank you very much! “
20:40: Mr. Nguyen Van Huong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, presented awards to the typical athletes of the 31st Southeast Asian Games: Nguyen Thi Ngan (Vietnam, 3 individual track and field gold medals), Joshua Robert Atkinson (Philippines, 4 Athletics Gold Medal), Nguyen Huy Hoang (Vietnam, 5 Gold Medals, Breaking 2 SEA Games Records), Quah Jing Wen (Singapore, 6 Gold Medals, Breaking 1 SEA Games Record).
20:30: Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung delivered a speech at the closing ceremony, which included:
“successful Sea Games 31 Not only the efforts and efforts of the host country Vietnam, the enthusiastic support of regional countries, medals, new records, but also songs about honesty and nobility are proofs for a bright future of development. The sports level in the region is gradually approaching the level of the mainland and the world. .
In this conference, the organizing committee awarded 1,759 medals of various kinds, including 525 gold medals, 522 silver medals and 712 bronze medals; 30 SEA Games records were created. The Vietnamese sports delegation entered the history of the SEA Games with 205 gold medals, surpassing the record of 194 gold medals set by the Indonesian sports delegation at the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta; breaking the SEA Games record of 17/30 content.
The 31st Southeast Asian Games has truly become a festival of unity and fraternity. The theme of the conference was “Building a Stronger Southeast Asia”, and it was a great success. The Organizing Committee of the Congress expresses its deep gratitude to the Party, State, Government, ministries, central departments and localities of Vietnam for their interest in hosting the Games of the Congress.
20 hours: The closing ceremony of the 31st SEA Games kicked off with a theatrical performance full of cultural traditions in the capital of Hanoi. The audience listened to songs about Hanoi sung by artists Dong Xiong, Qing Lin, Bao Dian, and Fan Ying Wei, next to the daily images of this thousand-year-old city.
The theme of the closing ceremony of the 31st SEA Games is “Gather, Shine”. The significance of the program is that the 12-day competition has brought new vitality to the times, and young lives and health have overcome all difficulties and epidemics. In addition, the success of the 31st Southeast Asian Games also proved the strength and unity of Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries.
After nearly 2 weeks of competition, the Vietnamese team won a total of 205 gold medals, almost twice as many as the second-placed Thai team.
However, the first place of the whole team in the 31st SEA Games is not the final destination. Vietnamese sports are targeting higher sports grounds such as the Asian Games and the Olympic Games. These are two areas where the performance of Vietnamese athletes still needs to be improved.
Most venues were packed with spectators during the two-week competition. Thien Truong Stadium is an example, although the U23 Vietnam team was not present, a large number of fans came to watch the game.
“Before the 31st SEA Games, not only me, but also many people thought that this was a difficult conference in terms of organization, professionalism and public support. However, the government has basically brought the outbreak under control, so we can open the door for people to watch the athletes play.
What impressed and surprised us the most was the support of the fans and the public for the 31st SEA Games. All stadiums were filled with spectators. During the match between Laos U23 and Singapore U23, Tianchang Stadium had to be closed due to overcrowding. Outside the arena, the audience pushed and shoved each other, and many people could not enter the arena, and the U23 Vietnam present was not a game.
I’ve instructed the organizers of the venues to create conditions for people to come in and watch the live broadcast, and if the stands are full, let spectators sit on the steps, as long as they’re allowed to watch. Most athletes have family and relatives to support them. Sports have entered the lives and activities of the Vietnamese people.People’s perception of sports has changed a lot”, stressed Tran Duc Phan, head of the Vietnamese sports delegation to the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
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