Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son, and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony of the 13th ASEAN Schools Games in Da Nang City, Vietnam.

The event featured 10 participating teams from across ASEAN, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and host Vietnam, with a total of 190 student athletes competing in six sports.

The 13th ASEAN Schools Games in Da Nang City brings together student athletes from 10 ASEAN countries. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

The Games were officially inaugurated with the lighting of a flame by Deputy PM Ha, symbolizing the passion and friendship of the Southeast Asian youth.

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha lights the flame at the opening ceremony. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Minister Son, head of the steering committee, emphasized the importance of the Games as a platform for fostering solidarity, friendship, and mutual understanding among ASEAN students. He highlighted that the event not only celebrates sporting talent but also provides valuable exchange opportunities for students from all 10 ASEAN countries.

The 13th ASEAN Schools Games will conclude on June 9, with 107 sets of medals to be awarded to the winners. The mascot for this year’s Games is the red-shanked douc, an endangered and rare animal in Vietnam, symbolizing the event’s commitment to promoting environmental protection.

Minister Nguyen Kim Son addresses the audience at the opening ceremony. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Student athletes take an oath at the ceremony. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
A team from Brunei at the opening ceremony. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
A team from Cambodia joins the parade. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
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