16 March 2008

Vietnam to host first Southeast Asian pencak silat champs

Vietnam, the world’s top pencak silat nation, will hold the first Southeast Asian championship in Ho Chi Minh City next May.

The government has given its approval for holding the event, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and entrusted the organization to it.

To prepare for the event, members of the national team will train at the National Sports and Training Center.

No. 1 in Hanoi besides taking part in the National Pencak Silat Championship to be held April 10-15 in the northern province of Hai Duong.

Vietnam bagged 12 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals at the world championships last October in Malaysia, to finish top of the medals tally.

Malaysia followed with seven golds and Singapore was third with three.

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