Vietnam to host 31st SEA Games in 2021

Marje Pelayo   •   December 12, 2019   •   1501

MANILA, Philippines – Vietnam officially accepted the Southeast Asian Games Federation flag on Wednesday (December 11) as the Philippines formally handed over the hosting of the 31st South East Asian Games (SEA Games) for the year 2021.

In November, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced that the tournaments will be hosted in the capital city Hanoi and adjacent localities.

The 31st SEA Games will feature 36 events and expected to draw participations from 11 countries across the region.

Vietnam last hosted the biennial meet in 2003 when it was hailed the overall champion.

Meanwhile, the recently concluded 30th SEA Games named the host country the Philippines as the champion with a total of 387 medals (149 gold; 117 silver; and 121 bronze), an impressive comeback from only 120 medals in 2017.

Vietnam landed second with 99 less medals than the Philippines bagging 98 gold; 85 silver; and 105 bronze, a total of 288.

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC

No new ‘hybrid’ COVID variant in Vietnam — WHO

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2021

The “hybrid” coronavirus variant which Vietnam officials thought was a combination of strains first identified in the U.K. and India does not meet the definition of a new variant, the World Health Organization’s Vietnam representative told Nikkei newspaper Thursday.

“There is no new hybrid variant in Vietnam at this moment based on WHO definition,” Dr. Kidong Park, the global health body’s Vietnam representative, said in an online interview.

Dr. Park said the variant detected is a delta variant which was first detected in India and has appeared in other countries.

Park added that there is no alarming alert from WHO, as of the moment but still stressed the dangers of the delta variant since it is highly contagious.

The WHO representative clarified the matter after Vietnamese authorities expressed alarm and announced that a newly discovered variant could have contributed to the COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. AAC

DOH on reported hybrid COVID-19 variant from Vietnam: ‘No need to panic’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday allayed public concerns over the reported hybrid coronavirus variants said to have been detected in Vietnam.

In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is no need to panic over the news, adding that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet received full details of the apparent coronavirus variant.

The WHO monitors and keeps track of the COVID-19 variants reported in different countries.

 “Ang proseso po kapag tayo ay nakaka-detect ng additional mutations o bagong variant kung sakali sa isang bansa, isinusumite po ito sa WHO dahil ang WHO po ang nagma-manage nitong GSAID na tinatawag na network. It’s a system where you classify the variants of concern para lahat ng bansa alam ‘yan at nakapag-iingat,” she said.

Media reports stated that Vietnam has discovered a new COVID-19 variant, which is said to spread quickly by air and is a combination of strains first found in India and the United Kingdom.

Vergeire said the WHO is still verifying such report.

“Nagbigay rin ng pahayag ang WHO over the weekend at ang sabi nila, they have not received the full details of this apparent variant na tinatawag sa Vietnam at aantayin daw po nila na makapag-verify sila at makapag-aral ng mabuti para makapagbigay ng guidance para sa mga member countries ng WHO,” she said.

“For now, we still do not have sufficient evidence for this,” she added.

The DOH reminded the public to continue adhering to health protocols as this will help them avoid transmission regardless of the variant.

“Kailangan natin laging tandaan: whatever variants that there maybe dito po sa ating bansa, kung tayo po ay strictly nagpapatupad ng health protocols natin at tayo po ay nagpabakuna, tayo po ay protektado,” she said.

“Alalahanin po natin yan, hindi po natin kailangang mag-panic dahil po sa balitang ito. Paigtingin lang po natin ang pagpapatupad ng ating health protocols and we will be protected from any of these variants,” she added.


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