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Hanoi Wins 2019 Asian Games Over Indonesian City, Will Cost $150M To $300M
Published November 9, 2012
MIXED REACTION IN VIETNAM: The AFP wrote Hoang "expressed jubilation at the decision." He said: "We won! We won! We won! All our team is happy and pleased. All of Vietnam is happy for getting the Games." However, "reactions on the streets of Hanoi were mixed." A motorbike taxi driver said, "Maybe it will be good as it will help Vietnam to develop our sports more." A local sports fan said he is afraid the money spent on the Games will be a "huge waste" (AFP, 11/8). Hoang said: "This is just not about the Asian Games, it's about creating a new Hanoi. The infrastructure project has already been mapped out, and it will transform Hanoi into a modern city. We have already allocated 39 hectares for an athlete's village, which after the Games will be used for public housing" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/8).