Twenty-six Vietnamese kids are competing in football, table-tennis, chess, badminton and tracks-and-fields at the ASEAN Primary School Sport Olympiad (APSSO) 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

APSSO, the third of its kind, is an annual sport event organised by the Indonesian Education Ministry for primary school students of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members in a bid to develop sporting talent at an early age.

The six-day event drew the participation of around 300 students and officials from eight Southeast Asian countries, namely Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the host country.

On the sidelines of the competition that will end on Nov. 8, small athletes will tour famous tourism sites and attend cultural performances in Indonesia.

APSSO was held for the first time in 2007 with the participation of eight ASEAN nations. Vietnam ranked second after Indonesia with five golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

However, the Vietnamese team dropped to the third place to rank after Indonesia and Malaysia with three golds, three silvers and five bronzes at the APSSO 2008 that drew the participation of nine ASEAN nations./.