Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Local fans are a big part of SEA Games 31 with their endless support for athletes anytime, anywhere.


On May 16, many fans stood on Tuong Hill, Hoa Binh to watch and support Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh in the cross-country cycling event. Quynh responded to the fans by winning the gold medal for Vietnam.

“Nhu Quynh is the golden girl of Vietnamese cycling. It’s a rare opportunity for us to see her compete at home, so we gathered here to show our support,” said Phan Thanh Quy.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

A little fan was taken by her family to Cam Pha stadium in Quang Ninh on May 14 to watch Vietnam take on Cambodia in the women’s football group stage.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

A total of 16,000 seats at Cam Pha Stadium were painted red and yellow. The atmosphere could be called incredible and Vietnam won the match 7-0.

Photo by Duc Dong.

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Also on May 14, 12 consecutive finals in different events including kickboxing were held in Bac Ninh. When the final match between Nguyen Quang Huy and Thailand’s Chai Valsiripattanachai started at 11:30 p.m., many home fans were still there to show their support.

Photo by Giang Huy

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

And Huy did not disappoint. He beat his opponent 3-0 to win the gold medal. After winning, Huy bowed to thank the fans on all four sides of the stands.

Photo by Giang Huy

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

On May 13, when Vietnamese rowing won consecutive gold medals, many fans came to the Thuy Nguyen Aquatic Center in Hai Phong to create an atmosphere similar to a soccer match.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Two fans holding Vietnamese flags walk back and forth to warm up the crowd.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

During the men’s soccer match between Vietnam and the Philippines on May 8, fans in stands B and C had their own way of showing their support by throwing paper towels. This type of cheering is popular in South American countries like Brazil and Argentina, but rare in Vietnam.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

The rain at the end of the match softened the paper and made them all soft, which was difficult to clean, although many fans stayed to lend a hand.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Many students from a kindergarten near Dai Yen Arena in Quang Ninh came to cheer on the women’s volleyball team on May 13, as Vietnam won 3-1 against Indonesia.

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Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Thousands of fans erupted in joy when Nguyen Tien Linh scored the winning goal for Vietnam against Malaysia in extra time of the SEA Games semi-final on May 19.

Photo by Quynh Tran

Fans add spice to SEA Games 31

Overseas attendees like Filipino pool legend Efren Reyes, Singapore star swimmer Joseph Schooling and Thai soccer team manager Nualphan Lamsam said they were impressed with the atmosphere created by Vietnamese fans at the 31st SEA Games .

Photo by Gia Chinh

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