|Athletes will compete in National Rowing and Canoeing Championships in Hải Phòng. — File Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The National Rowing and Canoeing Championships will begin today in Hải Phòng City with the participation of nearly 300 athletes.
They will compete until November 19. In rowing athletes will vie for medals in 20 categories while there are 36 disciplines in canoeing and kayaking.
According to Lâm Quang Thành, deputy head of the Việt Nam Sports Administration, the national tournament is the best way to select the national team for upcoming international competitions such as the Asian Games in 2018, the Southeast Asian Games in 2019 and the 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
Rowing and canoeing are Olympic sports and Vietnamese have grabbed success recently, with Trương Thị Phương’s victory at the Asian championship securing a first Olympic berth in Rio. — VNS