The event saw the attendance of Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Politburo member and Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai; member of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam; PCC’s member, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Head of the Steering Committee on the festival Nguyen Ngoc Thien; PCC’s member and Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang; PCC’s member, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee and Head of the Organizing Board of the festival Nguyen Duc Chung, among others.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam praised the outcomes of all-level sports festivals and applauded the preparation of Ha Noi, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ministries, sectors, provinces, cities, units and individuals.
He said that the National Sports Festival aims to develop professional sports as well as promote the movement "All people take physical exercises following the example of Uncle Ho” among people.
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam delivers a speech at the opening ceremony.
The 100-minute event drew the participation of 3,000 people from provinces and cities throughout the country. On behalf of 11,700 athletes, coaches and referees joining in the festival, athlete Nguyen Thanh An and referee Nguyen Thi Thu Hang read the oath of the spirit of solidarity and fair-play for the festival’s success.
At the end of the ceremony, an art program was held, featuring aspirations, martial spirit and sports development in international integration as well as creating a background to promote the sport movement.
Known as a great sport event nationwide, the National Sports Festival gathers excellent athletes from 63 provinces, centrally-run cities, armed forces, and polices. They will compete in 36 sports with 743 events.
Some images at the opening ceremony: