Vietnam, this year's host of the third Asian Indoor Games (AIG 3), aims to finish in the top eight of the competing countries, the general secretary of Vietnam ’s Olympic Committee said on Aug. 24.

Hoang Vinh Giang, who is also vice head of the AIG3’s organising committee, said the country was capable of winning 15-20 medals.

Giang, who is also vice chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia, said Vietnam was expected to bring home gold medals in Vovinam, billiards&snooker, Chinese chess, sepak takraw, wushu, Pencak Silat and shuttlecock.

The AIG 3 will open at Hanoi ’s 40,000-seat My Dinh National Stadium on October 30, and close at the Hanoi ’s Quan Ngua Sports Centre on November 8.

The games, which sports the motto For a Rising Asia and a song called The Torch of Peace, feature 20 sports and one demonstration sport.

Hanoi will organise 10 sports – dance sport, athletics, aquatic sports, (short course swimming and finswimming), whushu, sepak takraw, kabaddi, pentaque, e-Sport, kurash (central Asian wrestling), shuttlecock kicking, - and one demonstration sport Jujitsu and beltwrestling.

The remaining 10 sports will be held in HCM City , Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh.

Forty-one countries and territories and 4,000 athletes have registered for the event.

The teams with the largest number of participants include Iran (537), Thailand (420), India (348) and China (300).

The heads of participating delegations will meet in Hanoi and HCM City on Aug. 29 to resolve outstanding issues related to the games. Truong Tan Phong, secretary of HCM City ’s AIG 3’s organising committee, said that gymnasium upgrades in the city would be completed by September 30.

Following the pre-games Muay Thai competition, a pregames three-a-side basketball championship with five participating countries, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, will be held on September 25-30 in Lanh Binh Thang Gymnasium in HCM City. A futsal (indoor football) competition will also be organised in October./.