Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 100 Vietnamese football, table-tennis, and tennis players and coaches in Ukraine participated in a sports festival held by the Vietnamese Embassy there.

The event, which took place in Kharkov city, forms part of the Vietnamese Cultural Year in Ukraine’s activities. It attracted nearly 1,000 spectators from Kharkov, Kiev and Odessa.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Nguyen Anh Tuan said the event demonstrates the response of the Vietnamese community in Ukraine to the late President Ho Chi Minh’s call to exercise in order to better their health, as well as their solidarity.

Elsewhere, the “Vietnam Day” programme was held in Lviv city, the centre of culture and history in western Ukraine, also as part of the activities for the Vietnamese Cultural Year in Ukraine.

The event was co-held by the Embassy; the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism; the Vietnam-Ukraine Friendship Association; and local authorities. 

Organised in the region for the first time, the “Vietnam Day” saw the participation of Vietnamese people across the nation as well as from neighbouring countries such as Germany, Poland, and Hungary.

The programme featured a series of activities, including fairs that introduced Vietnamese goods and cuisine to the local population, along with seminars on tourism cooperation, and a photo exhibition on Vietnam’s landscapes and people.

One of the highlights of the event was an art programme with Vietnam’s traditional instruments performed by artists of Vietnam and overseas Vietnamese from Ukraine’s cities of Kiev, Odessa and Kharkov, attracting many residents and tourists in Lviv city. -VNA