The seventh Vietnam International Martial Arts Festival featuring approximately 1,250 martial artists, athletes, and coaches kicked-offlast Thursday in Quy Nhon city in the south-central coastal province of Binh Dinh.
|A martial arts performance at the opening ceremony |
The three-day event brought together 47 domestic and 16 international martial arts teams from 15 countries around the world competing across 52 categories.
The event featured a wide range of cultural, sporting, and tourism events designed to bolster participants’ understanding about the land and the people of Binh Dinh which was dubbed as the land of martial arts, from there promoting the province’s tourism and socio-economic development.
|Since its debut in 2006, the event has become a gathering venue for those who share a passion for Vietnam’s martial arts. |
Since its debut in 2006, the event has become a gathering venue for those who share a passion for Vietnam’s martial arts. The opening ceremony featured martial arts performances, which were supported with music and dance, to review the history and development of Vietnam’s traditional martial arts and its contributions to the nation's construction and defence.
According to Nguyen Tuan Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Binh Dinh People’s Committee, head of the festival’s Organising Board, the event has seen a remarkable increase in the number and quality of participating athletes and groups, which reflects the established position of the festival among Vietnamese people and international friends.