Vietnam tops traditional martial arts champs hinh anh 1A competition of Vovinam, a traditional martial art of Vienam (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam secured the first place at the world Vietnamese traditional martial arts championships after four days of competitions at Phu Tho Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City.

At the tourney, wrapping up on July 29, Vietnam outstripped other countries when pocketing 12 gold medals and one silver medal in performance events and seven golds and one silver in the combat category.

It was followed by Russia (four golds, four silvers and four bronzes), France (three golds, eight silvers and three bronzes), and Ivory Coast (three golds, one silver and four bronzes).

The championships attracted nearly 250 athletes from 27 countries and territories such as France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. They competed for 45 sets of medals.

The first ever tournament is said to have impressed foreign delegations as it was not simply a competition but also a festival for lovers of Vietnam’s traditional martial arts from around the world.

It was co-held by HCM City’s Department of Culture and Sports and the World Federation of Vietnam Traditional Martial Arts.-VNA