28 April 2011

Vietnam clubs to vie for national crown

Take that: Kieu Thi Nhung (right) of Ha Noi deals a right kick to Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang from the Army team in the women's 75kg division tanding (combat) competition at the National Pencak Silat Championship in 2008. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Khanh
HA NOI — The National Clubs Cup Pencak Silat Tournament is scheduled to kick off tomorrow in the northern province of Hai Duong.

Martial artists from across the country will compete in both the tanding (combat) and seni (performance) disciplines.

According to experts, this year's tournament is likely to be very competitive, with many locals focused on developing the sport regarded as one of Viet Nam's strong points in the regional, continental and world arena.

At the Southeast Asia Pencak Silat Championship last year, Vietnamese martial artists triumphed with a total of 14 gold, five silver and three bronze medals. Malaysia and Brunei were runners-up. That was the third time in succession Viet Nam finished first in the annual regional tournament, which made its debut in 2008 in HCM City.

Last year, Ha Noi triumphed in the cup, hosted in HCM City, with eight golds and one bronze, followed by Hai Duong with two golds and three silvers, and Thanh Hoa with two golds and two bronzes.

Although failing to break into the top three, HCM City managed two golds thanks to Diep Ngoc Vu Minh and Tran Huynh Thanh Quoc, and at the recent Asian championships in Singapore, they won one silver and one bronze.

The club have been training hard to improve on last year's performance, with their sights set on top spot.

The event will finish next Thursday.

Sourced from http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Sports/210727/National-pencak-silat-event-to-open.html

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