The SEA Games 30 officially kicked off this morning with a flag raising ceremony held at the Athletes’ Village in the New Clark City sports complex in the Philippines.
|The Vietnamese flag flies at the Athletes’ Village in the New Clark City sports complex. — Photo dantri.com.vn|
The Vietnamese delegation’s leader Tran Duc Phan joined another 10 leaders of Southeast Asian nations to take part in the event.
The event’s opening ceremony will begin on November 30 and wrap up on December 12, with the participation of athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations. About 8,750 athletes will compete in 56 sports.
|Tran Duc Phan, head of the Vietnamese SEA Games delegation, joins Vietnamese athletes at the ceremony. — Photo dantri.com.vn|
Apart from football, Vietnamese athletes will compete in other sports from December 1.
Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation comprises 856 members, including 568 athletes competing in 40 sports.
Vietnam set a goal to bring home at least 65 gold medals, with an emphasis on Olympic sports such as track and field, swimming, artistic gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. — VNS
The Vietnamese sporting delegation on November 26 left Hanoi for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines on a charter flight of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.
Vu Thanh An, the no. 1 fencer in Southeast Asia, has been assigned to hold the national flag for the Vietnam sports delegation at the opening ceremony of the 30th SEA Games.