The organisation of the fifth Asian Beach was at the centre of a meeting between the General Department of Sports and Physical Training and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on April 27 in Hanoi.

In the meeting , the two sides agreed on preparation works, promotional costs and the IT supplier for the event. Most importantly, they narrowed down the list of sports to be competed at the Games, including surfing, sailing, a dragon boat race and a jet ski race. The Games will also take in some new sports, such as beach petanque and beach body building.

The biannual event, which will be held next year in Nha Trang city in the southern central province of Khanh Hoa, features long-distance swimming and water polo as its principal water sports, and Pencak Silat, Vovinam, wrestling, Sambo, Jujitsu, Kurash and Muay Thai as its beach martial arts.

Wei Jizhong, Honourary Vice President of the OCA, spoke highly of Vietnam’s preparations for the Games and promised that all Vietnam’s recommendations will be collected to submit to the Council.-VNA