Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong extended warm welcome to the participating delegations.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the delay of many sports events in the region and the world, including SEA Games 31. With the Vietnamese Government's resolve, the Vietnamese people's encouragement, and enthusiastic support of 11 countries in the Southeast Asian region, the organising committee has gained more confidence and determination to hold a successful and safe SEA Games. Being held in Hanoi and 11 cities and provinces, the Games serves as a sports arena for the most outstanding athletes in the region, he said, noting that the Organising Committee hopes that 8,000 officials, coaches and athletes from 11 Southeast Asian countries, along with sports officials from across the world, will also have wonderful experience about Vietnam.
The flags of sports delegations to SEA Games 31 are hoisted at the My Dinh National Sports Complex.
The ceremony provides friendly atmosphere and the solidarity among regional countries.
Eleven Southeast Asian countries join the ceremony.
The event arouses the participation of 400 people who are delegates, coaches, athletes, representatives of the 10 Southeast Asian embassies in Hanoi.
Each of the 11 participating countries sends 31 members to the ceremony, corresponding to the number of 31 Sea Games.
The flag-hoisting ceremony is intended to give encouragement to athletes, while promoting culture and people of Vietnam.
The flag-hoisting ceremony brings memorable experiences to delegates and athletes participating in SEA Games 31.
The national flags of each country are raised, showing that the great festival has begun.
The Vietnamese national flag
The organizing committee presents souvenirs to representatives of sports delegations.
The 31st SEA Games, themed “For a Stronger South East Asia”, features 40 sports with 523 events.