The first Ha Noi Wood Ball Championship will be held in Ha Noi’s elite training centre today.
Athletes will compete for four sets of medals.
International competition rules will apply.
Wood ball is new to Viet Nam and there are just 22 members of the Ha Noi Wood Club, the only club of its kind in the country, which was opened four months ago.
“Our target is to build a strong force and to prepare for international events such as the World Wood Ball Championship in Thailand next March, the second Asian Beach Games in Oman and in particular, the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia in 2011,” said Ha Kha Luan, chairman of the club at a press conference on Thursday.
International contest in water-skiing to open
The International Water Skiing Tournament, Fun Cup, will kick off on Mui Ne beach in southern Binh Thuan Province on January 29-30.
The annual tournament has attracted 72 skiers from 15 countries and territories.
The defending champion is Chris Pressler from Austria. Viet Nam’s Nguyen Thanh Dong and Nguyen Thanh Tam came second and third, respectively, last year, while the fourth place went to Remi Vila from France.
Viet Nam to send 400 athletes to Asian Games
Viet Nam plans to send 400 athletes to the up-coming Asian Games 16 (ASIAD) in Guangzhou, China.
They will compete in 27 sports and hope to win between four and six gold medals.
Viet Nam will also take part in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and the 2nd Asian Beach Games in Oman.
Vietnamese athletes will compete in chess, xiangqi, billiards. dance sport, karate, sepak takraw, shooting, taekwondo, weightlifting and wushu. — VNS