(HBO) – Hoa Binh will host the competitions in mountain biking and road cycling of the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), which will take place from May 12-23 in 12 localities. Regarding the preparations for the largest regional sports event, Nguyen Van Toan, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the province's SEA Games organising committee, said that specific plans and programmes have been built to ensure thorough and careful preparations for the events.

 


Nguyen Van Toan, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the province's SEA Games organising committee and a provincial working team inspect the progress of the construction of racing courses.

The provincial People’s Committee has directed the upgrading of cycling venues and build new racing courses for the competitions, he said, adding that so far, 90 percent of the work has been completed.

The official added that Hoa Binh considers the hosting of the events as a significant political, cultural and external relations task, and a good chance for the province to promote tourism.

As part of the efforts to popularise its tourist destinations to visitors on the occasion, Hoa Binh has set up a sub-committee to provide tourism services for visitors. Through the events, Hoa Binh hopes to promote its OCOP products and specialties to domestic and foreign fiends, he said.

Toan said that the province will organise a number of activities to welcome SEA Games 31, including the 30th mountain running tournament - Hoa Binh Newspaper Cup, and a week-long traditional market in Mai Chau. Hoa Binh also plans to hold an exchange with visitors to popularise its image.

Regarding COVID-19 prevention and control measures, Toan said that a sub-committee for security and health care was set up, along with detail plans for COVID-19 control during SEA Games 31. Medical staff, equipment and medicine have also been prepared to be ensure safety for participants at the events against the pandemic, he added.

To finalise the preparations for hosting the competitions, the provincial official said that Hoa Binh will review the entire racing road system and make necessary amendments, while all local departments and agencies will design their own plans and allocate specific officials to take charge of the implementations of the plans./.


 

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