Second Vovinam contest attracts twice as many nations

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More than 300 competitors, coaches and officials from 22 countries and territories will participate in the 2nd Vovinam (Vietnamese martial art) Competition held in Ho Chi Minh City from July 27-30.

It is the second consecutive time Vietnam's economic hub is hosting the international contest. Vietnamese competitors topped the medal tally in the first event in 2009 with 23 gold, 4 silver and two bronze medals.

However, the hosts are expected to face more difficulties and more dramatic matches are expected to take place at the coming event as international contestants have been getting better and better at Vovinam. There are twice as many teams for this event as in the first edition.

Vovinam World Federation Chairman Nguyen Danh Thai said, "this is an achievement that has resulted from the efforts made by the federation and others around the world over the years to ensure sustainable development of Vovinam."

Competitors from countries as Iran, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia have all won lots of medals at recent international Vovinam events.

Le Quoc An, Vovinam World Federation Vice chairman and Vietnam's Vovinam Federation, said no matter which team won, it would prove the strong growth and position of the martial art at the moment.

Officials in charge of developing Vovinam have been cherished the wish to see the Vietnamese martial art as part of regular international events in the future.

The wish has partly been realized because Vovinam has been included in the 26th South East Asian (SEA) Games to take place in Indonesia in November, 2011.

Also, Vovinam is very likely to be included in the 2013 Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games and become a regular sport in SEA Games in the future.

Vovinam World Federation Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Chieu said, "All the Federation members consider this a very important opportunity to introduce the origin of the art, so all its techniques and features will be displayed at the coming competition.

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