Accordingly, the regional event will take place in Hanoi and neighboring localities including Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, and Quang Ninh, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho and Bac Giang from May 5 to May 23, 2022. This will be Hanoi’ second time hosting the Southeast Asian Games since 2003.
SEA Games 31 will have 40 subjects and 526 contents with 10,000 participants. In which, Hanoi will hold the opening and closing ceremonies on May 12 and May 23, respectively. These two important ceremonies will take place at My Dinh National Stadium.
Most notably, the men’s football event will be held from May 6 to May 22, while women’s football is set to take place from May 11 to May 21. Other sports include track-and-field, basketball, vovinam, and volleyball, all of which have fixed dates, with medals to be awarded to the winners.
At the present time, all the preparation of facilities is being carried out on schedule under the close and regular supervision and inspection of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the General Department of Sports and Physical Education. My Dinh stadium, where the opening ceremony, closing ceremony and men's football final will take place, is currently being actively repaired and upgraded to ensure the set plan.
The organisers have set the target of completing all preparations for the SEA Games by April next year, including trialling the competition venues to make sure they are ready for the games.
The organisation of the event is being actively prepared by the host country, Vietnam, as an affirmation of the highest responsibility to the ASEAN family in general and regional sports in particular, with determination towards effectiveness in epidemic prevention efforts.