Vietnam to host Asian Games 2019
VietNamNet Bridge – On the afternoon of November 8, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced that Vietnam will be the host of the Asian Games (Asiad) in 2019, ending the race for the right to host the event.

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OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah and the Vietnamese delegation
 in the official meeting on November 8.

At the plenary session of the OCA held in Macau on November 8, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah announced the results of the race for the right to host the 18th Asian Games in 2019. Accordingly, Vietnam passed Indonesia to become the host of the Games for the first time.

Immediately after the results were announced, Vice President of the Vietnam Olympic Committee Hoang Vinh Giang confirmed the information. He said the race to host the Asian Games 2019 took place fiercely to the last minute.

In their last presentations, the representative of Vietnam, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) presented their biggest advantages if they become the host of the Asian Games in the next seven years.

Just before this meeting, Indonesia made fierce lobby activities and the Indonesian Olympic Committee President told the press that this country’s opportunity is very big.

However, Vietnam is the winner in the race. This will be the first time Vietnam holding the Asian Games. Previously, Vietnam successfully hosted the 22nd SEA Games and the Asian Indoor Games in 2009. The country will also host the Asian Beach Sports Games 2016 before the Asian Games in 2019.

Vietnam’s scheme to hold the Asian Games 2019 is accompanied with the plans to build sports facilities in the north, approved by the Government.

In the coming years, Vietnam will complete the construction of an inter-provincial road system and improve the infrastructure of northern provinces and cities, which will host events of the Asian Games 2019.

Vietnam hopes that the Asian Games 2019, to be held at the cost of $150 million, will be the introduction of a new Vietnam to the world after seven years.

S. Tung