|Việt Nam’s flag at the Sapporo’s Winter Games. — VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese delegation officially joined the Asian Winter Games following a flag raising ceremony held on Saturday in Sapporo City, Japan.
The delegation includes managers and six athletes, who will compete in three events, including Alpine skiing today, snowboarding on Wednesday and cross-country skiing on Thursday.
No targets have been set for the Vietnamese team, but they are being asked to learn from this experience and to perform beyond their personal best. Their results will be provide an opportunity for Việt Nam to take part in the Winter Olympics later on, said Trần Đức Phấn, deputy head of the Việt Nam Sports Administration.
Việt Nam also seeks to develop winter sports, such as figure skating and speed skating.
This year’s Games have lured athletes from 30 countries and territories in Asia, who will compete in 64 events across 11 disciplines of five sports.
The opening ceremony was held yesterday. Games will start today.
The competition is to be concluded on Sunday. — VNS