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13th ASEAN University Games open

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13th ASEAN University Games open

(18-12-2006)

Staged: The 13th ASEAN University Games began on Saturday in the capital city of Ha Noi. The week-long event which is being held in Viet Nam for the first time has drawn the participation of more than 1,300 students competing in 12 disciplines. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI — The 13th ASEAN University Games (AUG) began last Saturday with a brilliant opening ceremony and procession of nine delegations in Ha Noi’s Hang Day Stadium.

Vietnamese Vice President Truong My Hoa, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan, Chairman of Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Quoc Trieu and Chairman of Viet Nam Committee for Sports and Physical Culture Nguyen Danh Thai were among others who participated in the ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, vice chairwoman of Ha Noi’s People Committee cum vice chairwoman of the 13th AUG said, "The 13th ASEAN University Games is the biggest sporting event for regional students held for the first time in Viet Nam.

"It is a good opportunity for students to exchange experiences and learn more from each other with a goal to improve their knowledge and physical strength. The event also plays a key role, contributing to increasing solidarity, friendship and cooperation between students and people of the ASEAN.

"I hope we will successfully achieve the goals – ASEAN student co-operation, creativity and success – of the event," Hang added.

Following the march past of nine delegations in the stadium, the 13th AUG’s flame, taken from President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, was carried to the stadium by three outstanding athletes of Viet Nam, track and field star Nguyen Thi Bac and pencak silat athletes Dinh Cong Son and Le Ngoc Anh.

Son officially lit the games torch on behalf of all athletes, and Minister Nhan declared the games open.

Track and field star Bui Van Ha and international table tennis referee Nguyen Tien Hung took oaths of fair play, honesty and equality.

The opening ceremony was marked by music and dance performances to welcome the guests.

During the week-long event, about 1,300 athletes will compete for 157 medals in 12 events. Many new records are expected to be set at the event.

Footballers down Indonesia

Meanwhile, Viet Nam drew first blood in football, crushing Indonesia 3-0 in the opening match at My Dinh Stadium early last Saturday in Ha Noi .

Do Huu Tuan opened the scoring for Viet Nam in the 45th minute, followed by Tran Van Xuan, after the break in the 77th minute. Le Trong Thuy made it 3-0 netting the ball in the 83rd minute.

In group B, Brunei drew the Philippines 2-2 last Saturday, while in group A, Chaokla scored twice to help Thailand beat Malaysia 2-0. But Laos, who crushed Singapore 5-1, lead the table.

Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore are competing in group A. Viet Nam are competing in group B, which also has Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. Top two teams from each group will enter the semis.

Chess players advance

In chess, being held at Ha Noi Teachers Training College of the Ha Noi’s National University in Cau Giay District, Viet Nam’s Bao Tram beat Vietnamese Ho Thi Minh Hien, who plays for Singapore, in the first match of the women’s individual standard chess.

Tram’s teammates Le Thanh Tu beat Singapore’s Phan Khanh Nhi, and Thao Nguyen prevailed over Indonesia’s Kadek.

In the men’s events, Viet Nam’s Hoang Canh Huan beat Malaysian Gerald, while Nguyen Van Huy drew Au Yoong of Malaysia. Pham Duc Thang, meanwhile, lost to Thailand’s Saelee Uaicha. Chess participants will contest in men’s and women’s standard, rapid and blitz events. — VNS

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