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Southern province to host Asian nations in table tennis tournament

Update: July, 08/2010 - 09:27

The 24th Golden Racket International Table Tennis Tournament will be held in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau from July 13-18.

The event is expected to attract 106 players from seven countries and territories, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Viet Nam.

Men's and women's events will be held, with players from South Korea expected to be the strongest.

This year foreign players will play Vietnamese teams for the first time.

Under Viet Nam Sports Administration rules, foreign players may compete at open events and club championships, but not in the national tournament.

Truong Thoi Nhiem, head of the PetroVietnam club, said three of the team's players are from China's Beijing Table Tennis club.

This will be the first year the tournament takes place outside of HCM City.

Viet Nam team to compete at sixth international shuttlecock event

The 12-member Vietnamese shuttlecock team will compete at the sixth World Shuttlecock Championships in Zhongshan, China from July 9-14.

They will play in seven events with a goal of winning a minimum of five gold medals to defend their first place finish at the last tournament.

The team, coached by Nguyen Xuan Hanh, head of the shuttlecock division of the National Sports Administration, has been training for the event for the last several months.

Amateur golf event to raise funds for poor students has $137,000 purse

The "Support for Schools" golf event, or the Binh Dien Cup, will begin on Saturday at the Long Thanh golf course in Dong Nai Province to raise funds for poor students nationwide.

The event is expected to attract 144 amateur golfers from home and abroad who will compete for their share of the VND2.6 billion (US$137,000) purse.

International Martial Arts Festival to include participants' beauty contest

The second International Martial Arts Festival will be held on August 7-8 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

The event is expected to draw 400 Vietnamese athletes and 600 foreign athletes, who will come in 74 delegations from 27 countries and territories.

"It is a good chance for Viet Nam's martial arts community to exchange its martial arts quintessence with other communities from around the world," said Nguyen Manh Hung, director of the Hong Bang University International, organisers.

The event will include performances and introductions of the martial arts styles of each delegation. A beauty contest for female participants will also be held.

The first festival was held in HCM City in 2008. It attracted more than 500 athletes from 15 countries. — VNS

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