ASEAN University Games open
|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
"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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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