Vietnam opens its theaters to spectators – Manila Bulletin
HANOI — Philippine Sports Commission Commissioner Ramon Fernandez announced on Tuesday that spectators will now be allowed to cheer on athletes at competition venues for the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
Fernandez, the country’s Chef de Mission at the Games, attended the first Chefs de Mission meeting at the Hyatt Regency West Hanoi, where the 11 HOMs from the 11 National Olympic Committees graced the gathering.
“The host nation will open the venues to fans and spectators as long as they strictly adhere to health and safety protocols,” said Fernandez, who attended the meeting with PSC public communications office manager Emmalyn Bamba. .
With the exception of soccer, Fernandez said there will be no fees charged for entry to all competition venues for the 39 sports from the Games’ opening ceremonies on Thursday until the closing rites on May 23.
“Tickets will only be sold during football matches where large numbers of spectators are expected,” Fernandez said. With the doors open to the public, Fernandez lobbied for athletes not to contract the COVID-19 virus, which was endorsed by Indonesia and Singapore and backed by all CDMs.
“Vietnam organizers have assured that health protocols will be in place by wearing masks and strictly enforcing social distancing,” Fernandez said.
Other concerns were discussed during the CDM meeting with Fernandez raising the issue of having a medical ward, which will be stationed at the Philippine delegation headquarters here.
Arrangements for the welcoming ceremony for the team from the Philippines and other countries were also discussed on Wednesday, a day before the opening rites. The nation’s participation in the 11-nation multi-sport meet was funded by the PSC, the government’s sports arm, to fuel the bid to retain the title of the 980-person delegation, including 641 athletes from 38 sports.
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