Vietnam races for hosting 2015 World Martial Arts Festival

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Vietnam team won a silver medal at the 2012 World Martial Arts Festival in South Korea. Photo: T.A Vietnam team won a silver medal at the 2012 World Martial Arts Festival in South Korea. Photo: T.A
Vietnam will introduce a plan to compete for hosting the 2015 World Martial Arts Festival in Ho Chi Minh City at this year's event to kick off in South Korea this week.
Vo Danh Hai, deputy chairman of the event’s organizer World Martial Arts Union, said a team of Vietnamese sports officials have arrived in South Korea to study on hosting the event.
At this year's festival, to take place from August 28 to September 1, organization’s executive board will also discuss to improve the quality of the contest and the role of the organization in conserving and improving world martial arts, he said.
Earlier on August 25, six Vietnamese athletes of Vovinam arrived in Korea’s Chungju City to compete at the 2014 World Martial Arts Festival.
The athletes are Ho Thanh Liem, Cao Man Dat, Nguyen Van Vinh, Nguyen Hoang Huy Phong, Nguyen Van Phuc and Nguyen Thu Thao, all are coached by Nguyen Phu Yen.
Hai, who leads the Vietnamese delegate, said this year's competition attracts thousands of athletes of 44 martial arts from 40 countries worldwide.
“This is a chance for Vietnam’s martial arts to promote the country’s image at the international playground,” he said.
Athletes are expected to compete in three categories, including single and duo performance in bare hands and weapon and group performance.
Vietnam team won a silver medal at the 2012 World Martial Arts Festival.
The World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU) is based in Chungju, South Korea with 47 members worldwide. Vietnam has been a union member since it was founded in 2002.

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