2021 Southeast Asian Games

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

XXXI Southeast Asian Games
2021 SEA Games Logo.svg
Host cityHanoi
Motto"For a Stronger South East Asia" (Vietnamese: Vì một Đông Nam Á mạnh mẽ hơn)[1]
Nations participating11
Opening ceremony21 November 2021
Closing ceremony2 December 2021
Main venueMỹ Đình National Stadium
WebsiteOfficial website

The 2021 Southeast Asian Games (Vietnamese: Đại hội Thể thao Đông Nam Á 2021), commonly known as the 31st SEA Games, is scheduled to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 21 November to 2 December 2021 and will feature 40 sports, mainly those played at the Olympic Games.[2][3] This is the second time Vietnam will hold the SEA Games since 2003.

Host selection[edit]

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City both submitted their bid to host the games. While Ho Chi Minh City was the initial favored city, Hanoi is deemed to be the prioritized location due to its existing sporting facilities. This came after the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng ordered provinces and cities to not build new facilities for sporting events so as to cut costs, following the country's withdrawal from hosting 2018 Asian Games citing financial restraints.[4][5]


According to Hanoi's proposal submitted to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), the city would spend 1.7 trillion VND ($77 million) on preparing and organizing the 2-week Games running from late November to December. 97 billion VND ($4.3 million) is expected to be earned back from broadcast rights, advertisements, sponsors and other contributions.[6]

Ho Chi Minh City[edit]

In December 2017, Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Standing Committee of the Communist Party approved of the city's hosting proposal. According to the proposal, the direct cost for hosting the Games in the city is estimated to be 7.48 trillion VND ($330 million) with 6.6 trillion VND (US$290 million) to be spent on upgrading sports facilities and 904 billion VND ($40 million) on organizing costs. However, another 8.2 trillion VND ($360 million) is needed for the construction of Rach Chiec Sports Complex while an athletes' village will not be built. The Games would run for 12 days in mid August and see 30-36 sports being contested. The provinces of Đồng Nai and Bình Dương would also host a portion of Games.[7]


On 9 July 2018, the Vietnamese government selected Hanoi as the host of the 31st SEA Games and the 2022 ASEAN Para Games. On 13 November 2019, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc signed a decision approving Hanoi hosting the Games. Despite the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in July 2021, the games will still be held from late November to early December 2021 three months after the rescheduled Olympics. The 11th ASEAN Para Games will also be held from 17–23 December, 2021. Vietnam Television and Voice of Vietnam were appointed as the host broadcaster.[8]


Vietnam's SEA Games Organizing Committee (SEAGOC) was formed in April 2020 with authority to prepare, submit and execute plans to stage the Games.[9]


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam's budget for the Games was cut.[10] The total budget allocated by the Vietnamese government for this edition of SEA Games was estimated to be 1.6 trillion VND (69.3 million USD). 980.3 billion VND (42.3 million USD) would be used for organizing costs while 602.3 billion VND (25.9 million USD) would be allocated for upgrades and repairs to facilities managed by MCST.[11] Provincial authorities are responsible for renovations to facilities under their management. Other than a new cycling track in Hòa Bình Province and a small tennis complex on Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Centre campus (handled by Hanoi People's Committee), no other sporting venue will be constructed for the edition.[11]

Organization revenue is expected to be 226.6 billion VND (9.7 million USD), with 136.6 billion VND coming from the delegates' accommodation fees and 65 billion VND from broadcast rights.[11]


While Hanoi will be the main hub, several other surrounding provinces will also assist in hosting portions of the games. An athletes' village will not be built, athletes and officials will be housed in hotels near their competition venues. In the initial plan, a new tennis complex was planned to be built on Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Centre campus and a newly rebuilt Hàng Đẫy Stadium will host a group for men's football. Both of these projects faced development delays and difficulties and could no longer be completed on time for the games.[12] Consequently, the venue of tennis has been proposed to be relocated to Bắc Ninh Province, and Việt Trì Stadium is being considered to host a men's football group alongside Thiên Trường Stadium during the group stage.[13]

My Dinh National Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies along with men's football and athletics events
Thiên Trường Stadium will host a portion of men's football competitions
Quần Ngựa Sports Palace will host all gymnastics events
Zone City/Province Venue Event(s) Capacity Ref.
Hanoi Capital Region venues
Hanoi National Sports Complex
Mỹ Đình National Stadium Opening and Closing Ceremony, Men's Football Finals, Athletics 40,192 [14]
Mỹ Đình Aquatics Center Aquatics 5,700 [14]
Hanoi Indoor Games Gymnasium Fencing 3,094 [14]
Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Centre
Palace of Culture Weightlifting, Bodybuilding [14]
Pétanque Boulodrome Pétanque [14]
Archery Field Archery [14]
Bắc Từ Liêm Sporting Hall Pencak Silat 950 [14]
Cầu Giấy Sporting Hall Wushu 858 [14]
Đan Phượng Sporting Hall Jujitsu 525 [14]
Gia Lâm District Sporting Hall Wrestling 2,400 [14]
Hà Đông District Sporting Hall Billards & Snooker 1,850 [14]
Hanoi National Sports Training Centre No. 1 Shooting [14]
Hoài Đức District Sporting Hall Judo, Kurash 2,000 [14]
Hoàng Mai District Sporting Hall Sepak takraw 1,000 [14]
Long Biên District Sporting Hall Dancesport [14]
Quần Ngựa Sports Palace Gymnastics 5,500 [14]
Royal City Hanoi Bowling [14]
Tây Hồ District Sporting Hall Taekwondo [14]
Thanh Trì District Sporting Hall Basketball 1,086 [14]
Sóc Sơn District Sporting Hall Vovinam 934 [14]
Vietnam National Convention Center Esports [15]
Bắc Giang Bắc Giang Sporting Hall Badminton 4,000 [16]
Bắc Ninh Bắc Ninh Gymnasium Boxing, Kickboxing 3,000 [14]
Bắc Ninh Sports University Gymnasium Handball 1,500 [14]
Hanaka Sports & Entertainment Center Tennis 3,000 [14]
Hà Nam Hà Nam Gymnasium Futsal 7,500 [14]
Hải Dương Hải Dương Sporting Hall Table Tennis 2,300 [14]
Hòa Bình TBA Cycling [14]
Vĩnh Phúc Vĩnh Phúc Sporting Hall Muay Thai 2,520 [14]
Đầm Vạc Golf Course Golf [14]
Phú Thọ Việt Trì Stadium Men's football 20,000 [14]
Other venues
Hải Phòng
Thủy Nguyên Boat Racing Center Canoeing, Rowing N/A [14]
Nam Định
Thiên Trường Stadium Men's Football 30,000 [14]
Ninh Bình
Ninh Bình Province Sports Gymnasium Karate 3,040 [14]
Quảng Ninh Cẩm Phả Stadium Women's Football 16,000 [14]
Northeast Sports Center Indoor Arena Volleyball 6,105 [14]
Quảng Ninh Exhibition Palace of Urban Planning & Expo Chess [14]
Tuần Châu Beach Beach volleyball, beach handball [14]
Tuần Châu Triathlon, Duathlon [14]
Yên Tử Legacy Resort Xiangqi [14]

Non-competition venues[edit]

Province/Municipality Venue Events/Designation
Hanoi Vietnam National Convention Center International Broadcasting Center (IBC)
Media Press Center (MPC)

The Games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation are expected to take part in the 2021 SEA Games. Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.


The 31st SEA Games will feature 40 sports, mainly those played at the Olympic Games.[17][18]

2021 Southeast Asian Games Sports Programme


Official launch and branding[edit]

On 30 August 2019, Vietnam Olympic Committee launched a nationwide contest to find the official logo, mascot, slogan, and song for both 31st SEA Games and 2021 ASEAN Para Games. The contest ran until 30 October 2019. The top 3 in each category were intended to be featured on a ballot and Vietnamese nationals could then vote for the winning creation.[19] On 20 October 2019, a mascot named after the canine character Vàng in Nam Cao's famous short story Lão Hạc was awarded People's Choice Award by the organizer.[20] On 26 October 2019, the final top 3 mascots, selected by an internal panel, were announced. These mascots took inspirations from various Vietnamese animals: the endangered species saola, the mythical creature "con nghê", and tigers. These selected designs were met with overwhelmingly negative perception by the Vietnamese public. Many called the designs "dated", "aesthetically unpleasant" and "not representative of the Vietnamese spirit." The organizer later withdrew the announcement, stated that the designs were preliminary and they would undergo further adjustments.[21] Consequently, the original date for announcing the winning submissions on 31 October failed to be realized. The reveal was then postponed to November 2019, and then again postponed indefinitely afterwards.[22]

On 19 November 2020, the winning entries were finally announced.[23] No theme song was selected from the contest. The organizing committee decided to order composer Quang Vinh, who previously penned the theme song Vì một thế giới ngày mai for the 22nd SEA Games in 2003, to write a new theme song for the edition.[24]


The 31st SEA Games logo was designed by Hoàng Xuân Hiếu. Hiếu's logo is inspired by the combined images of a dove and a human hand to create the "V" shape,[25] representing "victory" and "Vietnam".[citation needed]


Sao La is the official mascot of the 31st SEA Games

The mascot of the 2021 Southeast Asian Games is Sao La, inspired by saola – a rare mammal native to central Vietnam. This design by Ngô Xuân Khôi defeated 557 other mascot submissions to emerge as the winner of the 2019 searching contest.[23]


"For a Stronger South East Asia" was chosen to be the motto of this edition. The motto represents Vietnam's hope, as ASEAN Chair 2020, for the region to grow stronger, and signifies the region's strive to tackle and defeat the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia.


  1. ^ Kim Hoà. "Sao la là linh vật SEA Games 2021". VNExpress (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Vietnam announces 2021 SEA Games budget". Myanmar Times. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Hanoi selected to host SEA Games 31". VietnamPlus. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Hanoi will host 2021 SE Asian Games: official". Tuoi Tre News. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Vietnam backs out as host of 2019 Asian Games". Reusters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  6. ^ Phuong, Lan. "Vietnam to spend $78 mln hosting Southeast Asian Games in 2021". Thanh Nien Daily. Thanh Nien News. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  7. ^ "SEA Games 2021:TP.HCM chính thức xin đăng cai". Tuổi Trẻ Online. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Quyết định số 1616/QĐ-TTg của Thủ tướng Chính phủ : Tổ chức Đại hội Thể thao Đông Nam Á lần thứ 31 và Đại hội Thể thao người khuyết tật Đông Nam Á lần thứ 11 năm 2021 tại Việt Nam". Cổng thông tin điện tử Chính phủ. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Thành lập Ban tổ chức SEA Games 31 và ASEAN Para Games 11". Nhân Dân Điện Tử. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  10. ^ Nguyen, Hoang. "Covid-19 crisis slashes Vietnam's SEA Games, Para Games budgets". VNExpress International. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Trọng Đạt. "1.600 tỷ đồng tổ chức SEA Games 31". Tiền Phong (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  12. ^ L. Sơn (5 September 2020). "Sân vận động Hàng Đẫy và dự án cụm sân quần vợt không đảm bảo tiến độ phục vụ SEA Games 31". Báo Tin Tức (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ Nhật Duy (15 September 2020). "Ngổn ngang SEA Games 31!". Thanh Niên (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al "Chi tiết địa điểm tổ chức các môn thi đấu SEA Games 2021 tại Việt Nam". Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  15. ^ "31st Southeast Asian Games Esports content (NỘI DUNG THI ĐẤU CỦA THỂ THAO ĐIỆN TỬ TẠI SEA GAMES 31)". Vietnam Recreational and Electronic Sports Association (VIRESA) (in Vietnamese). 24 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  16. ^ Vân Trường; Nguyễn Phát. "Bắc Ninh, Bắc Giang đẩy nhanh tiến độ dự án phục vụ SEA Games 31". Lao Động (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  17. ^ Nguyên Phương (3 July 2020). "Việt Nam chỉ tổ chức tối đa 40 môn tại SEA Games 31". Sài Gòn Giải Phóng - Thể Thao Online (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  18. ^ Lê Hùng. "SEA Games 31 có thêm 4 môn thi đấu". Sài Gòn Giải Phóng Online (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  19. ^ "Organisers launch SEA Games contests". VietNam News. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Most Favorite Mascot by Netizen". Logo SEA Games 31 Facebook. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  21. ^ Thanh Xuân (13 November 2019). "BTC cuộc thi linh vật SEA Games 31 tại Việt Nam ẩn bài, rút hình ảnh để ...chỉnh sửa". An Ninh Thủ Đô (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Vẫn chưa có logo và bài hát SEA Games 31, ASEAN Para Games 11". Báo Tin Tức (in Vietnamese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Công bố và trao giải cuộc thi sáng tác biểu trưng, biểu tượng vui SEA Games 31 và ASEAN Para Games 11 năm 2021, tại Việt Nam". Vietnam Sports Administration (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  24. ^ Trọng Đạt. "'Nóng ruột' chờ bài hát SEA Games 31". Tiền Phong Online (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  25. ^ Ngoc, Anh (19 November 2020). "Official logo, mascot of SEA Games 2021 launched". Voice of Vietnam. Retrieved 2 December 2020.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Southeast Asian Games
XXXI Southeast Asian Games (2021)
Succeeded by
Phnom Penh