The 13th ASEAN University Games, the biggest sports tournament for students
in members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lifted curtains
The event's opening ceremony started with the parade of nearly 1,100 young
athletes of nine delegations, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei,
Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and host Vietnam, and was followed by
splendid artistic performances beautified by dancing laser light at the Hanoi
Stadium packed with some 20,000 spectators.
The athletes are vying for 157 sets of medals from 12 sports events, namely
athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, karate, pencak silat,
swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball at the biennial
tournament, held in Vietnam for the first time.
Vietnam, finishing fifth at the 12th ASEAN University Games in Indonesia with
nine golds, four silvers and seven bronzes, is aiming higher position at the
13th edition. Host Vietnam, defending champion Thailand and Indonesia are
favorites to be crowned at the tournament.
Malaysia is scheduled to host the 14th edition in 2008. ASEAN groups
Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar.