Da Nang hosts National Beach Volleyball Contest

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The National Beach Volleyball Championships 2010 began Thursday on My Khe Beach in the central city of Da Nang.

The eight men's teams and seven women's teams from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong, the Military and hosts Da Nang were set to compete in four groups in the round-robin styled tournament. The best two teams of each group will vie in the semifinals for a spot in the finals.

According to the organizers, this year's event is organized for professional beach volleyball teams only. While there are fewer teams in this contest, they said, the quality of play is expected to be higher.

The men's teams from Khanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City are the early favorites while the ladies from Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City are expected to battle for the championship.

The competition, which was co-organized by the General Department of Physical Training and Sports, the Vietnam Volleyball Federation and Da Nang City's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will end on Sunday.

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