Vietnam hockey festival kicks off this week hinh anh 1Several hockey clubs have arrived in HCM City to prepare for the 10th Vietnam Hockey Festival
(Photo: courtesy of organisers)

Hanoi (VNA) - The 10th Vietnam Hockey Festival is scheduled to start at the Vietnam Hockey Centre in Ben Luc town, Long An province on November 4-5.

The event is a six-a-side hockey tournament played outdoors, which started in Vietnam in 2008.

The tournament will attract the participation of 24 teams from Australia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei alongside five teams from the host nation Vietnam.

Notably, Vietnam’s Ton Duc Thang University will put forward two teams at the upcoming event for the first time.

“I am very pleased my new players will get experience against foreign teams at the festival,” said Huynh Dai Phuc, coach of Ton Duc Thang University.”

It is one of many hockey tournaments in Southeast Asia which promotes the sport supported by the Asian Hockey Federation and Vietnam Hockey Federation (VHF). It is designed to give Vietnamese players exposure to foreign hockey talents playing in Vietnam,” said James Chew, CEO of VHF.

Tran Van Manh, president of VHF, said he hoped this tournament would continue to promote hockey in the country.

The hockey matches will be free of charge for spectators.-VNA