Vietnam pulls out from hosting 2019 Asian Games

Vietnam pulls out from hosting 2019 Asian Games
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18 Apr, 2014

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Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on 17 April 2014 officially announced his government’s decision to pull out from hosting the Asian Games of 2019, which were proposed to be held at Hanoi. He cited that lack of preparedness, and economic recession were the main reason of the withdrawal. This has left to the country unable to afford facilities and venues.

Unbearable costs of Games opposed in Vietnam

The government’s initial decision to host the games had generated little excitement domestically, and there had increasing opposition in the media and on blogs. Many questioned whether the cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars was worth it given the country was still struggling to emerge from the global financial crisis. The Sports Ministry of Vietnam had budgeted $150 million for the event, but economists said the bill could be several times higher, and in line with spending levels for this year’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, which could reportedly top $1 billion.

About Asian Games 2019

Hanoi was announced as the host of XVIII (18th) Asian Games on 8 November 2012 by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) at its General Assembly Meet in Macau. Surabaya, Indonesia, had been the other serious bidder for 2019, while Dubai, United Arab Emirates, expressed initial interest but withdrew. The Games were originally scheduled for 2018, but during the OCA’s General Assembly Meet in Singapore on 3 July 2009, the committee decided to move the Games to the year before the 2020 Summer Olympics, which means that the 18th Asian Games will now be held in 2019.

Asian Games are a multi-disciplinary sporting gala of the Asian continent that features similar events to the Summer Olympics but also include sports popular in Asia. More than 40 nations take part in these games.

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