More than 7,000 athletes participate in 8th National Sports Games hinh anh 1Veteran tennis player Do Minh Quan will compete for HCM City at the National Sports Games in Hanoi.(Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 7,000 athletes are competing in the National Sports Games which is taking place in Hanoi, the northern province of Hoa Binh and the central province of Khanh Hoa from November 15 to December 10.

At a press briefing in Hanoi on November 15, the Vietnam Sports Administration (VSA) said the athletes, who came from all 63 provinces and centrally-run cities and the military and police, are vying for medals in 743 events of 36 sports.

The opening ceremony of the Games, the country’s largest sport event, will be held in the evening of November 25 at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, and the closing event will take place at the Hanoi Track-and-Field Centre.

Deputy General Director of the VSA Tran Duc Phan said the National Sports Games, held every four years, has contributed to improve the awareness of the entire society about the significance of sport and promote the physical training movement among the public, while enhancing the performance of professional athletes.

On the first day of the National Sports Games (November 15), competitions in beach volleyball started in Khanh Hoa and basketball in Hanoi.-VNA