Hanoi relay launched in response to SEA games 29, Para Games 9
Olympic Rio 2016 gold medalist Hoang Xuan Vinh (front) in the relay (Source: webthethao)
Over 2,000 people,
including 150 outstanding athletes, joined a relay in response to the 29th
Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 29) and the 9th Southeast Asian Games for
Athletes with Physical Disabilities (Para Games 9) in Hanoi on April 9.
Addressing the event, Malaysian Deputy Minister
of Youth and Sports Datuk M.Sarvana said the programme was initiated by
Malaysia to encourage support from local people for SEA Games 29 and Para Games
9 slated for August in Malaysia.
It also aims to raise public awareness of the
healthy lifestyle and foster solidarity among ASEAN countries, he added.
The race consists of three stages. The baton was
passed from the Malaysian Deputy Minister to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of
Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai, and to Olympic Rio
2016 gold medalist Hoang Xuan Vinh.
The race started and finished at Ly Thai To
Flower Garden, passing various iconic locations in Hanoi.
finish point, head of the General
Department of Sports and Physical Training Vuong Bich
Thang received the baton from athletes and handed over it to a
representative from Timor Leste, the next destination of the relay.
Hanoi is the sixth destination of the relay
after Brunei, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
The race will continue in Timor Leste, Cambodia,
Indonesia and Singapore before coming to host Malaysia in May.
SEA Games 29 will be organised in Malaysia from
August 19-31 while Para Games 9 will take place from September 17-23.-VNA