The section of the application that shows maps depicts Vietnam without including the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. This exclusion is a clear violation of Vietnamese laws and the country’s sovereignty over its seas and islands.
In recent days, Vietnamese sports enthusiasts who engage in activities such as jogging, swimming, cycling, and others have expressed their strong dissatisfaction with the app because of this omission.
Many of these sports enthusiasts are now calling for a boycott of Strava due to its disregard for Vietnam’s sovereignty and territory.
“While Strava is an effective fitness-tracking application, the Vietnamese running community is currently urging a boycott of Strava because its map of Vietnam excludes the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos,” wrote Le Van Tien, a member of the Gia Lai Marathon group on Facebook, in a post.
“The absence of these islands from Strava’s map is seen as a lack of respect for Vietnam’s sovereignty, and this action deserves condemnation and boycott.”
“Some time ago, I didn’t even know about Strava, then I started using it continuously for a year, and now, in my third year, I rarely use it,” shared a user named Viet Nha on Facebook. “But now, it’s time to completely delete Strava.”