Sport Festival Strengthens Relations between Vietnamese Expats in South Korea

The Community Sports Festival in the Republic of Korea created a vibrant atmosphere while bringing together Vietnamese expats living in the country.

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Sport Festival Boosts Ties between Vietnamese Expats in RoK
The tournament creates a playground for the sports movement in the community while promoting talented individuals in the field.

The Association of Vietnamese Communities in the Republic of Korea (RoK) held a Community Sports Festival on May 28th at the Anyeong Sports Complex in Daejeon, South Chungcheong Province. The event was supported by the Vietnamese Embassy and was an opportunity for the local Vietnamese community to come together, have fun, and partake in a variety of sporting activities.

The exciting sports festival brought together 16 male and 4 female teams representing various regions throughout Korea. Aside from football, there were also other popular sports that drew in many young people in the community, such as athletics, arm wrestling, and tug of war.

Within the framework of the Community Sports Festival 2023 program, there are also engaging cultural exchange activities, such as food stalls featuring typical Vietnamese dishes and lucky draw games. This provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine and experience the unique culture of the area. Additionally, it is a great way to get the chance to win some exciting prizes.

Speaking at the opening event, Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tung expressed his belief that the sports festival would help to bring the Vietnamese community in Korea closer together, create a healthy lifestyle movement amongst its members, and provide a beneficial annual gathering place for the expat community, thus aiding in the maintenance of a healthy life.

Sport Festival Boosts Ties between Vietnamese Expats in RoK
It was a chance to strengthen the solidarity among the Vietnamese community there.

In the end, the men’s football championship was won by Woosong FC, while the SNK FC team took home the women’s championship title.

Le Kinh Minh from Yuseong FC won the men’s title of “top scorer” with six goals, while Vo Thi Ngoc Nghia from FC Central Highlands and Ha Thi Mai from Nghe An FC each scored three goals to win the women’s title. The best goalkeeper award went to Le Duc Binh of Baran FC.

At the close of play, the combined tally of all players was a staggering 111 goals.

In addition, Ho Thi Thuy Men was awarded the first prize in women’s arm wrestling, Nguyen Huu Duong won first place in men’s athletics, and Nguyen Thi Phuong was presented with the first prize in women’s athletics.

The Vietnamese community in the Republic of Korea (RoK) had an eventful day, enjoying the passionate matches and joining in the sideline activities of the sports festival held at the Anyeong sports complex. This is also the most remarkable demonstration of solidarity amongst Vietnamese workers, international students, and multicultural families living and studying in Korea.

Hannah Nguyen