A female beach volleyball player reaches for the ball during a match. (Source: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Women’s Beach Volleyball Tour Vietnam – Can Tho Open 2016 began in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on May 4.

The tournament, which lasts until May 7, attracts the participation of 11 teams from seven countries and territories – New Zealand, Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong (China) and Vietnam.

Of 11 teams, Vietnam has three teams, Thailand and New Zealand each have two teams.

Pham Van Luan, Deputy Director of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said this was the first time Can Tho had organised the event and the city invested 2.5 billion VND (110,000 USD) to prepare courts and stands meeting international standards.

The first match following the opening ceremony took place between New Zealand 2 and Vietnam 1 with Kiwi duo beating Vietnamese pair in three sets (22-20, 13-21, 12-15).

The tournament has a total prize money of 15,000 USD with the winners pocketing 3,000 USD.-VNA