Vietnam sports 2021: U22 Vietnam aims for SEA Games gold medal
Vietnam’s sport sector has set big goals in 2021: Athletics will rank first in the region, Vietnam will win Olympic medals, and the U22 national football team will successfully defend the SEA Games gold medal.
According to reports presented at the conference reviewing operation of the country’s sport sector in 2020 and considering the plan for 2021, 148 domestic sports tournaments were held in the year. Notably, the V-League 2020 was successful although it was postponed because of Covid-19 pandemic. Eight national records were made for shooting and three new records were made for athletics.
In 2021, Vietnam’s sports will focus on two important events: Tokyo Olympic 2021 and the 31st SEA Games, which will be held in Vietnam.
Vietnam plans to organize 162 domestic sport tournaments, send athletes to 192 international tournaments, and organize dozens of foreign training courses and 13 international tournaments in Vietnam.
The sports industry aims to win 20 tickets and win medals at the Tokyo Olympics and be in the top 3 of the SEA Games.
Olympic 2020 is scheduled to takes place from July 23 to August 8, 2021 and Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
So far, Vietnam has 5 tickets to the Olympics, including: swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang (men’s 400m and 1,500m freestyle events); gymnast Le Thanh Tung; two archers Do Thi Anh Nguyet and Nguyen Hoang Phi Vu; and boxer Nguyen Van Duong.
After the Olympics, the sports sector will focus on the SEA Games. According to the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the prevention of Covid-19 will be one of the biggest challenges for the 31st SEA Games.
The 31st SEA Games will begin on November 21, 2021 and will be held in Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc and Bac Giang.
At the 31st SEA Games, athletes will compete in 40 sport events, including: Athletics, water sports, gymnastics, rowing, canoeing/kayak, football, shooting, archery, weightlifting, Judo, Taekwondo, Karate, Wushu, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, fencing, badminton, rattan, tennis, volleyball, basketball, handball, bicycles, ping pong, billiards & snooker, golf, billiards, kurash, vovinam, flags, Pencak Silat, Muay, bodybuilding, diving, dance sports...
The 11th Para Games will cover 11 sports events, including athletics, swimming, weightlifting, table tennis, badminton, chess, Boccia, tennis, Judo, roller ball, archery, bowling, e-sports, triathlon and Jujitsu.
Earlier, the General Department of Sports and Physical Training chose Sao la as the official mascot of the 31st SEA Games and the logo is the symbol "Flying Bird - V-shaped hand".
Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien assigned the U22 Vietnam football squad to defend the SEA Games men's football gold medal and the athletics team to rank first at the upcoming SEA Games.
The observance of Covid-19 prevention and control protocol will continue to be the motto of Hanoi's tourism industry in 2021.
Leaders of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training and the sub-committees met in Hanoi on December 22 to review preparations for the SEA Games 31 and the Para Games 11.