Sao la officially recommended as 31st SEA Games’ mascot

After the approval of the games’ organizers, designs will continue to be submitted to the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education for approval to become the official mascot of the games.

Earlier last year, the sports sector launched a competition to seek a logo, song, and slogan for the 31st SEA Games and 11th ASEAN Para Games. The competition’s organizers received 1,000 entries and selected 18 of the best slogans, three logos, and three mascot designs.

The sao la design by Ngo Xuan Khoi (Hanoi) won the first prize. 

The Sao la is a rare mammal and among the most endangered animals in the Red Book of Vietnam and in the world. Known as an Asian unicorn, this animal was first discovered in Vietnam in 1992. It is the symbol of the biodiversity of the Truong Son Range, which runs along the shared borderline of Laos and Vietnam.

The 31st SEA Games will take place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring localities from November 21 to December 2, 2021 while the 11th ASEAN Para Games will take place from December 14 to 21.

This is the second time Vietnam will host such games. The first was in 2003.

Translated by Chung Anh