Vietnam Earns Bronze Medal at 9th Francophone Games
Athlete Nguyen Thi Oanh excellently won the bronze medal in the 53rd weight class in the framework of the ninth Francophone Games held in DR Congo's capital Kinshasa from July 28 to August 6, 2023.
The 10-day Games run until August 6 and features nine sports competitions and 11 cultural contests.
Attending this Games, the 11-member Vietnamese delegation led by Tan Le Minh, Chief of Office, Vietnam Department of Physical Education and Sports and artists from Vietnam National Opera & Ballet participated in creative dance, artists of the Vietnam Circus Federation participated in the juggling event and a member of the Vietnam national wrestling team participated in the freestyle wrestling category.
|Athlete Nguyen Thi Oanh competed in the 53rd weight class in freestyle wrestling and won a bronze medal.|
Previously, on July 28 at Stade des Martyrs stadium, the opening ceremony of the ninth Francophone Games took place.
The ninth event was scheduled to take place in 2021 but was postponed to 2023 due to the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Francophone Games is held every four years, bringing together artistic and sports talents among the youth of the Francophone community. Vietnam has been participating in the Games since the first time in Morocco in 1989. Over the past 8 editions, Vietnam has won many medals in different subjects such as table tennis, judo, boxing, dance and photography.
|The Vietnamese delegation at the opening ceremony of the Francophone Cultural Sports Festival held at Martyrs Stadium, Kinshasa of Congo.|
The 9th Games took place in Congo with the participation of 32 delegations including 3,000 talented young athletes and artists from 18 to 35 years old from countries and territories participating in the Francophone community. It has 11 competitions, art performances, and nine sports competitions.
The success and victory of the Games are the solidarity between ethnic groups, the diversity of different cultures, and the display of talents of young artists and athletes in the French-speaking community.
The Francophonie Games is considered like a miniature Olympics. Vietnam's participation in all editions demonstrates its role and status as an active and responsible member of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF).
|Outstanding artist Bui Viet An and artist Vu Duong Duc from the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet compete in creative dance competition.|
|Artists Pham Viet Cuong, Nguyen Thi To Uyen, Nguyen Doan Vinh, Vietnam Circus Federation compete in juggling contest.|
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was chosen in 2019 as host of the Games, an event held every four years which combines both sport and culture.
They were originally scheduled to take place in 2021, but were postponed because of the Covid pandemic and then delayed again last year because the facilities were not ready.
Gathering athletes and artists from mostly-French speaking countries, the Games are being held for the first time in central African metropolis of an estimated 15 million people — the world’s largest French-speaking city.
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