At the conference, Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan said that the 8th National Sports Festival will attract many professional athletes to prepare for SeaGames in 2021, Asiad and Olympic.
According to Director of the Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong, all preparations have been completed. Ha Noi is ready for the 8th National Sports Festival in 2018.
Known as the largest sporting event, the National Sports Festival is held every four years. It gathers outstanding athletes from localities across the nation and those from the army and police forces.
The event aims to create a profound change in the public awareness on the meaning, role and importance of sports and physical training, thus promoting physical training and sporting activities among society, contributing to improving public health, fitness and the quality of human resources for the cause of building and defending the Fatherland.
Participating in the 8th festival, Ha Noi has a total of 1,094 members, including 38 team leaders, 4 doctors and translators, 207 coaches and experts, and 845 athletes.
There are 36 sports in the festival, including athletics, swimming, gymnastics, rowing, canoeing, football, futsal, shooting, archery, weightlifting, judo, taekwondo, boxing, fencing, badminton, tennis, volleyball, handball, basketball, cycling, table tennis, golf, karate, wushu, pencak silat, chess, sepak takraw, billiards & snooker, dance sports, bodybuilding, muay, petanque, vovinam, traditional martial arts, shuttlecocks and diving.
It is scheduled that the opening ceremony takes place on October 25th at the National Stadium of My Dinh, Ha Noi, and the closing ceremony is held on December 10th at the Ha Noi Indoor Athletics Stadium.