Athletes competing at a world vovinam tournament (Photo: VNA)

At the conference, President of the World Vovinam Federation Mai Huu Tin highly appreciated the role of the Algeria Vovinam Federation, especially Mr. Mohamed Djouadj, President of the Vovinam Federation in Algeria cum President of the Africa Vovinam Federation and Vice President of the World Vovinam Federation. Mr. Mohamed Djouadj has been very enthusiastic and given many positive ideas on operating the  Africa Vovinam Federation in and promoted the development of Vovinam-Vietnamese traditional martial arts in Algeria, as well as in the region.

Mr. Mohamed Djouadj has gathered Vovinam federations in Arab countries into a bloc to establish the Vovinam League in Arab country bloc. This will create favorable conditions for federations of this bloc to participate in world - scale events and competitions.

Mr. Mai Huu Tin affirmed that this is a very good step, helping to develop Vovinam in the Arab countries. Representing the Vietnam Vovinam Federation and the World Vovinam Federation, he pledged to strive to further develop Vovinam in Africa as well as the Arab country block in the future.

According to Ambassador Pham Quoc Tru, over 80 years of development, Vovinam has become a popular martial arts, practiced by more than 4 million people and competed in more than 70 countries around the world.

He emphasized that the establishment of the Vovinam League in Arab country bloc marked a significant development of this martial art, creating opportunities for trainers to exchange and practice among trainers from other countries.

The Ambassador also affirmed that the Government of Vietnam and especially the Vietnamese embassy in Algeria are always ready to support the practice and competition of Vovinam in Algeria and in the Arab country bloc.

After two days of the conference, Mr. Mohamed Djouadj was re-elected as the President of the Vovinam League in Arab country bloc.

Within the framework of this event, the world Vovinam competition in Algiers was also organized on December 7th -8th at the Mohamed-Boudiaf Olympic Complex.

The competition attracted 150 athletes from 12 countries around the world, including Italy, Romania, Belgium, Côte d'Ivoire, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, Jordan, Belarus and Algeria.

After two days of competition, the Algerian host team topped the rankings./.

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