Lai Chau province to host ethnic minority sports festival hinh anh 1A stick pushing competition at Lai Chau's sixth ethnic minority sports festival in September this year (Photo:

Some 800 officials, athletes and referees from 31 northern and central localities have registered to participate in the 9th ethnic minority sports festival, which is taking place in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau from November 6-11.

Athletes will compete in nine categories, including stick pushing, tugging, crossbow shooting, Con throwing, Tu Lu, badminton, cross-country running, men’s volleyball and men’s football.

According to Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Van Chi, the festival is the biggest sporting event ever held in Lai Chau province, creating a chance for the locality to popularise and introduce itself to friends across the country.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for November 8.

The province is currently undertaking meticulous preparations for the festival.

The ethnic minority sports festival is held every two years in two regions, the North and the South, and is hosted by provinces on a rotary basis.

The northern region counts 31 centrally-run cities and provinces from Thua-Thien-Hue northward.-VNA