As many as 721 athletes from 37 ethnic groups in 17 cities and provinces nationwide are competing in the seventh National Sports Festival for Ethnic Minorities, which opened in the central province of Quang Nam on July 20.

The event is jointly organised by the provincial People’s Committee, the General Department of Physical Training and Sports, the Committee for Ethnic Minorities and the Vietnam Farmers’ Association Central Committee.

During the six-day competition, athletes will compete in a variety of sporting events, including men’s football, men’s and women’s volleyball, cross-country running, stick pushing, crossbow shooting, tug of war and stilt walking.

The event aims to improve the health and spiritual life of ethnic minority people, promote traditional cultural values and enhance solidarity among the community of Vietnamese ethnic groups./.