Vietnamese athletes will compete in 20 events at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) to be held in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, in September, sport officials confirmed on January 8.

Some 70 sportspersons will receive strong support in their aim to reach the top three positions in 15 events: shooting, archery, weightlifting, rowing, fencing, track-and-field, swimming, wushu, karate, taekwondo, boxing, wrestling, judo, sepak takraw and gymnastics.

Sportspersons participating in the remaining events – cycling, football, table tennis, badminton and volleyball – are expected to gain experience from competing with strong rivals.

At the last Asiad in Guangzhou, China, Vietnam received just one gold medal, won by karate expert Le Bich Phuong. This year, the country hopes to bring home at least two gold medals.

Vietnam will be the host country for the 18th Asiad in 2019.-vna