Foreign sports gain popularity in Vietnam

Non-native sports such as hockey, rugby, cricket and climbing are becoming more and more popular in Vietnam thanks to the love of those sports by foreigners living in the country. One example is the Saigon Rugby 10’s competition. The third edition of the Saigon Rugby 10’s was recently hosted at RMIT University in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, and attracted nearly 400 participants that were divided into 16 teams. Outside the pitch, stalls selling jerseys and other merchandise attracted the attention of onlookers. Rugby might be new to the Vietnamese people, but Saigon Rugby 10’s has managed to capture their attention. “Lots of foreigners living and working in Vietnam love rugby,” said Peter Holdsworth, a British businessman and head of the organizing committee of the Saigon Rugby 10’s event. “We are hosting this competition because we want rugby enthusiasts here to have a playground. “We also want Vietnamese people to come here, watch it, learn more about it, and have a good time with it. “That is why we are hosting this event professionally.” Rugby is not the only foreign sport turning heads in Vietnam. The Vietnam Hockey Festival at the Thuan Dao Industrial Park in the southern province of Long An was held over two days in November 2017, and was a huge success. Players during a game at the Hockey Festival. Photo: Tuoi Tre The event was smaller than Saigon Rugby 10’s, but was in its tenth edition, and has also attracted more and more participants throughout… [Read full story]


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