Flag-hoisting ceremony for ABG5 held hinh anh 1At the flag-raising ceremony (Source: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – A flag-raising ceremony for the fifth Asian Beach Games (ABG5-2016) was held in Pham Van Dong park, central Da Nang city, on September 22.

ABG5-2016 is scheduled to last from September 24 to October 3 in Da Nang with 14 sports (including 22 categories) and 172 sets of medals. It will see the competition of about 6,500 athletes, coaches and officials from 42 delegations of Asian countries and territories.

Most of competitions will take place at Bien Dong Park ( 3x3 basketball, soccer, Kabaddi, bodybuilding, Muay, t raditional martial arts, w restling, sambo, Ju-Jitsu, Kurash, Vovinam, Pencak Silat, marathon swimming, rowing ).

While volleyball, handball and sepaktakraw events will be held on My Khe beach, athletics events will take place at Son Thuy beach. Athletes will compete in woodball and petanque events at the intersection of Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap streets.

Though the opening ceremony of the ABG5 will be held on September 24, the Muay Thai completion kicked off on September 21.

Male athletes will compete in 10 divisions ranging from 45 to 81 kg while female athletes will vie for medals in six categories from 45 to 63.5 kg.

Muay Thai martial artists will compete for 16 sets of medals from September 21-26 at Bach Dang Beach Park.-VNA