Vovinam to feature at ASEAN University Games

Tuesday, 2018-01-09 09:37:45
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Vovinam is practised by students from FPT University in 2014 (credit: fpt.edu.vn)
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NDO/VNA - Vietnam traditional martial arts (Vovinam) will be an official sport at the upcoming ASEAN University Games.

Southeast Asian Vovinam Federation Vice President Nguyen Binh Dinh said that the University Games’ organisers on January 7 agreed to add Vovinam as an event at the festival.

According to Dinh, one of the reasons that convinced the organisers was that Vovinam had been strongly developed in many countries in the region, such as Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar. Among the Vovinam trainees, many are students.

A Vovinam performance at Nguyen Hue Walking Street in 2016 (credit: zing.vn)

As a result, Vovinam will be one of the 17 martial arts at the December Games.

There will be 17 sets of medals available at the competition: 10 for performance and seven for combat events.

The Southeast Asian Games in 2011 and 2103 included Vovinam. It was also a sport at the Asian Beach Games in 2016.