Vietnam, Cuba beef up sport cooperation hinh anh 1Cuba is strong in boxing (Source: Getty Images)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports Tran Duc Phan had a working session with Yamel Ruiz Barranco, Economic and Trade Counsellor of the Cuban Embassy in Vietnam, to discuss sports cooperation, particularly in boxing.

Phan highlighted Vietnam – Cuba cooperation in sports, and expressed his hope the two sides will increase technical cooperation and delegation exchanges.

Both countries facilitate exchanges of information, documents and tools for coaching and learning sports while encouraging coaches and experts to participate in joint workshops, seminars and training courses, as well as the organization of friendly competition events.

Vietnam has focused on a number of sports that Cuba is strong in, such as boxing, volleyball and marathons.

Vietnam needs consultation for boxing to compete in the Asian Games to take place in Indonesia in 2018.

The country also hopes that Cuba will provide physical therapy for its athletes and train human resources, share experience and technology.

For her part, Yamel Ruiz Barranco hailed the recent development of Vietnam’s sports, particularly the country’s achievements at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics Rio, and expressed her wish to promote sports cooperation between the two nations.

She said Cuba nominated five specialists in volleyball, boxing and sport medicine to assist Vietnam.

Phan called on Cuba to host Vietnamese athletes in Cuba for training.-VNA