Game-changer: Good morning Vietnam

Hanoi250Asian Games boost for Asia's rising star

Vietnam’s profile as a destination for major sporting events is on the rise, with the Olympic Council of Asia opting to take its flagship Asian Games event to the country for the first time in 2019. The event, which attracts thousands of athletes from across the continent, will be staged in the capital city of Hanoi and will be the biggest test to date for the country’s sports event workforce. The award of the Games is a coup for Vietnam, which is transforming its image into a destination of choice for holiday-makers. Moreover, it is the most significant endorsement to date of Vietnam’s capabilities as a host of major sporting events in Asia, with the country having put significant financial resources behind attracting other top competitions. OCA president H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said: “Everyone remembers the Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi in 2009 and all the participants were very satisfied and wanted to go back to Vietnam. Vietnam will also host the 5th Asian Beach Games at Nha Trang in 2016, and through this experience I am confident they will organise a very successful Asian Games in 2019. Through my experience in sport and also in finance and the economy, Vietnam is always committed and delivers on its promises. Vietnam has all the tools – a country with big potential.”


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