|The second World Championship of Việt Nam Traditional Martial Arts opens in Hà Nội on Thursday. |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam beat a drum to open the second World Championship of Việt Nam Traditional Martial Arts in Hà Nội on Thursday.
The event drew 279 martial artists from 43 teams of 29 nations and territories worldwide.
In his opening remarks, Director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, Tô Văn Động, said Vietnamese traditional martial arts, a precious heritage of the nation, have become increasingly popular globally.
Besides creating favourable conditions for martial art sects to exchange experience, the tournament also serves to encourage the development of Vietnamese martial arts and promote Việt Nam’s culture and tradition, he noted.
The four-day event at Mỹ Đình Indoor Athletics Gymnasium will see performances of both domestic and foreign athletes, especially those coming from countries with robust development of Vietnamese traditional martial arts like France, Russia, India, Germany, Italy, Laos and Algeria, among others.
The tournament is being held by the World Federation of Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts (WFVV) and Hà Nội’s Department of Culture and Sports.
It will end on Sunday.
The first World Championship of Việt Nam Traditional Martial Arts opened at the Phú Thọ Sporting Hall in HCM City two years ago. — VNS
|Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam beats the drum to open the second World Championship of Việt Nam Traditional Martial Arts in Hà Nội today. — VNA/VNS Photos An Thành Đạt|