11:18 | 17/08/2017 Sports
A 681 strong Vietnamese delegation participating in the Southeast Asia Games 29 (SEA Games 29) took part in a flag-hoisting ceremony held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 16.
The ceremony officially marks the presence of the Vietnamese competitors at the region’s largest sport events. More than 470 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, including four paid games of bowling, hockey, cricket and synchronised swimming.
According to Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan, who is head of Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation, the Vietnamese athletes will strive to pocket 49-59 gold medals in order to rank in the top group at the biennial event.
Earlier, Vietnam had targeted a goal of at least 65 gold medals but had to adjust their target as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove various events in which Vietnam was expected to perform well in, such as wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting.
The delegation will also do their utmost to effectively perform the role as a goodwill ambassador of Vietnam to the people of the Southeast Asian countries, Phan added.
In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam ranekd third, with 73 golds, 53 silvers and 60 bronzes.
The 29th SEA Games will see the participation of 4,888 athletes from the ten ASEAN member countries.