Athletes compete in the national sports tournament for the disabled last year. (Photo: baoapbac.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - The national sports tournament for disabled people will kick off on July 8-14 in HCM City, the Vietnam Paralympics Association announced.

Nearly 1,000 athletes from 31 teams across the country will compete in seven events for 680 sets of medals.

Track and field sport features the biggest set of medals, with 280. Swimming features 173 sets of medals.

In the junior tournament, competitors will compete in three categories: athletics, swimming and chess.

According to Vu The Phiet, vice chairman and general secretary of the Vietnam Paralympics Association, it is the first time the junior tournament has been added to this event. This change will help the Association seek young talent for coming domestic and international championship competitions.

The tournament was organised by the Vietnam Paralympic Association, National Sports Administration and by the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.-VNA