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Vietnam's bid was not without controversy, with some questioning the expense of hosting Asia's largest multi-sport event in what is still a relatively poor country.

Vietnam Olympic Committee chief Hoang Vinh Giang said they hoped to put on the event for between $150 and $300 million.

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Now, Vietnam is incredibly cheap ... but $150 million?????

That would hardly pay for an Olympic BID these days.

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What do you care if they bid or not? It's NOT YOUR decision to make. You are obviously a certified, schizoid NUTcase imposing YOUR subjective feelings and totally IRRATIONAL opinions on matters (R

Why aren't you advocating for London to host? Oh wait...

Where's Habenagila...errr, I mean Habanatota??

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Now, Vietnam is incredibly cheap ... but $150 million?????

That would hardly pay for an Olympic BID these days.

Wow considering Hambantota is spending $300 million for the Asian Youth Games that is a ridiculously low amount

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I'd bet my last dollar they won't be. I'd easily see Qatar, UAE, India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, South Korea and Japan again before Vietnam host an Olympics.

Well, who knows! No body thought that they going to win the poll in Macau but Hanoi gained 2/3 of the votes in the end.

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UAE denies Asian Games 2019 vote pull-out

The UAE National Olympic Committee has denied reports that it withdrew an application to host the 2019 Asian Games.

The committee's first vice-president Yousuf Al Sarkal said in a statement that "in the first place, it had not applied for hosting the Games".

"The UAE's National Olympic Committee did not apply for hosting 2019 Asian Games and it only considered this. Therefore the news reports are baseless," Sarkal said.

His comments came after the Olympic Council of Asia announced that Hanoi in Vietnam had been chosen to host the 2019 edition.

In an earlier statement posted on its website, the OCA said that Dubai had pulled out of the bidding at the last minute but an update made no reference to the UAE's most populous city.

The OCA had said that Dubai, which regularly hosts top-level golf, cricket, tennis and horse racing events, preferred to concentrate on a future Games.

In July, The UAE said that it would likely bid for the 2024 Olympic Games after ruling out a bid for the event in 2020.

It confirmed that it will not enter a bid for the 2020 Olympic Games despite initially indicating it might.

While a feasibility study into Dubai's capability for hosting the Olympic Games concluded that as much of 70 percent of the infrastructure was already in place or planned, it was decided a bid would be better timed for 2024.

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http://www.arabianbu...out-478996.html

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Congratulations Hanoi! Cant't believe Dubai withdrew :o

And Dubai wants to host an Olympic Games in its future? Didn't it withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games, too?

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If Vietnam has problems organizing the games do you see any posibilities that China will stand up to help them with the constructions like they did with Laos in the 2009 SEA Games? (I think they also gave some help to Hanoi back in 2003 though I can't confirm it)

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If Vietnam has problems organizing the games do you see any posibilities that China will stand up to help them with the constructions like they did with Laos in the 2009 SEA Games? (I think they also gave some help to Hanoi back in 2003 though I can't confirm it)

I'm sure they will get some help from China, Korea, and others. A Korean corporation (Samsung may be) had announced that if Hanoi win the bid they will offer 200 million dollars to build one of the major facilities. Just to remind, Hanoi received strong supports from East Asia members of the OCA in the poll! Particular, China promised to support Hanoi since early 2011.

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Oh, China and the Vietcong have been kissing cousins since when Mao and Ho Chi Minh were still alive.

Once a commie, always a commie!!

Yeah, early 2011 when officials of the two governments met in Hanoi, hosting Asian Games 2019 was mentioned in the joint statement, that Beijing will support Hanoi in hosting Asian Games successfully! Vietnam also gained support from South Korea and other East Asia nations, dominant members in the OCA. A South Korean corporation commited to contribute 200 millions dollars to build one of the major facilities, this come shortly before the poll, which strengthen Hanoi position. Poor the Indonesian Olympic Committee president Rita Subowo, who couldn't stop her tears and claimed China, right in the meeting!

One more thing, this is about the OCA president, who announced Hanoi victory. Back in 2009, when Hanoi succefully staged the Asian Indoor Games, current OCA president Mr. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah told Vietnamese Olympic Committee general secretary that 'this is the right time for Vietnam to host the Asian Games' and he suggested Hanoi to stage the games. With the OCA president taking Hanoi side, Surabaya's chance was very small and that why Dubai withdrew, they dont want the world to whisper, that Dubai is beaten by Hanoi, shame!

Vietnam is poor but with the current 40 billions US dollars yearly state budget (this will increase every year), I'm sure they will be able to find the fund somewhere. With 7 years, you can build almost anything. However, athletes training will be an issue, host nation should be at least in the top 10, 7 years isn't long enough to bring Vietnam to this level.

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Hosts Vietnam fear Asian Games false start

HANOI — With its economy in crisis, a decaying sports infrastructure and an uninspiring athletics record, it is little wonder many Vietnamese fear Hanoi is ill-prepared to host the 2019 Asian Games.

There was scant public jubilation when the communist country's capital was chosen to host the region's largest sporting event, making it the first Southeast Asian nation for 20 years to hold the showpiece competition.

Fears over whether Vietnam can pull off the event bounce around the city's coffee shops and beer gardens.

"A hope is born but concerns spread through society. You cannot imagine (a host) facing more difficulties," said Do Minh Tuan, a 52-year-old Hanoi-based academic.

The government has set an initial budget of $150 million to pay for the Games, which will be held in November 2019.

The money will come out of a $30 billion pot to develop Hanoi over the next decade and bring much-needed transport including a new sky-train, roads and bridges to ease congestion in the city, which is known for its seething mass of motorcycles.

But hosting the 18th Asian Games within budget will take some doing, according to sports journalist Nguyen Nguyen, who said it will have to be one of the most "super economical" events ever held.

Vietnam's Olympic Committee had initially proposed a budget of around $300 million, he said, but the government slashed the sum as a result of the country's dire economic predicament.

It is experiencing falling growth as the effects of corruption and inefficiencies in the state-run sector ripple out into the wider economy and a lingering banking crisis threatens some of the country's key financial institutions.

The real cost of the Games, scheduled to run for 16 days, is likely to be much higher, but sports authorities have declined to provide detailed projections.

"It will be very regrettable if Vietnam does not rise to this occasion," Hoang Vinh Giang, the secretary general of Vietnam's Olympic Committee, told AFP.

Hanoi won the right to host the Games on November 8, beating Indonesia's second city Surabaya after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates pulled out just before the vote.

Vietnam expects some 10,000 athletes and coaches from 45 nations and territories in Asia to flock to Vietnam for the Games, which are usually a major source of pride for the host nation.

The Games will feature events including athletics, boxing, gymnastics and swimming, alongside lesser-known sports including the martial art of wushu and the kick-volleyball game of sepak takraw.

Chinese megacity Guangzhou confirmed its status as a major Asian hub by hosting the 2010 edition, while the South Korean city of Incheon will be the venue for the 2014 competition.

But Vietnam does not have the same level of sporting infrastructure in place as its regional rivals nor the resources of China and South Korea.

Compounding the gloom is the fact that Vietnam is a sporting minnow, despite its near 90 million population, in a region scored by fierce local rivalries.

Over the last 20 years, the authoritarian regime has invested in sport to the limit of its means, but experts say there is not a single discipline at which the country truly excels.

"Training our athletes and coaches, as well as logistics planning, are the biggest problems," said Giang, who added that the "political stability" of the country -- a one-party state -- was a huge asset for planning the event.

The poor quality of the host's athletes and coaching network is heightened by the degraded state of the sporting infrastructure they must use -- national stadiums are poorly maintained while public swimming pools are unhygienic and overcrowded.

Vietnam has a number of stadiums left from its hosting of the 2003 Southeast Asian Games, which is a minnow compared to the Asiad regional event, but they have not been kept up to international standards.

The government plans to use around 500 hectares on the outskirts of Hanoi to build a so-called "Center for the Asian Games" and an athletes' village.

But across the city the same refrain is common among sports fans and experts -- with the country in major economic difficulties, organising a regional sporting event amounts to over-reaching.

"Vietnam has not the money nor infrastructure nor experience to organise this event. And a seven-year deadline will prove too short," said Bui Quang Hoang, a 58-year-old public transport engineer.

"People have economic concerns, and information about the organisation of the Asian games lacks clarity and transparency," said Hoang.

The communist regime is good at pomp and ceremonies.

In 2010, to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi's founding, they organised a 10-day celebration with flags and schoolchildren in costumes.

But many remain to be convinced of whether they can deliver a sporting event that is up to international standards.

Even Nguyen Hong Minh, a retired top sporting official, said Asiad-18 will be an "enormous challenge" for Vietnam, especially as its economy is currently in its worst state for decades.

"Between now and 2019 there is an awful lot to do," he said.

AFP

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