17:33 | 09/11/2015 Society
The sport sector plans a budget of 1,757 billion VND (about 78 million USD) for the organisation of the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Tran Duc Phan, deputy head of the National Sports Administration, was quoted as saying in the Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper.
The figure is part of a SEA Games hosting scheme built by the administration. The scheme has received approval of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and been submitted to the government for consideration.
The expenses are pided into two parts, of which, 803 billion VND (36 million USD) will be spent on repairing and upgrading current sports facilities in Hanoi and the remaining 954 billion VND (42 million USD) is for paying other organisational costs.
Once approved by the government and the Politburo, Vietnam will officially apply to the Southeast Asian Games Federation next April to be host of the region’s biggest sport event in 2021. The country plans to organise competitions in 30-36 sports, focusing on those featured at the Olympic and Asian Games.
Previously Vietnam hosted the 22nd SEA Games in 2003.
Earlier this year, the 28 th SEA Games was organised in Singapore with a total cost of 324 million SGD (230 million USD).
The biennial event will be held next in Malaysia in 2017, and in the Philippines in 2019./.