Vietnamese martial art Vovinam will be an official event at the 26th South East Asian Games in Indonesia next year, according to an announcement made at a three-day meeting which ended in Jakarta May 30.
At first, most representatives at the meeting agreed to the proposal, but officials from Malaysia and the Philippines did not.
However, as the host of the next biennial SEA Games, Indonesia strongly supported the idea and the Vietnamese delegation eventually persuaded everyone to agree.
Other events like Muay Thai kickboxing and body building were proposed but they were not accepted.
The SEA Games Vovinam competitions will take place on the island of Bali.
The World Vovinam Federation and Vietnam Vovinam Federation will send leading instructors and coaches to the countries in the region to provide training.