Football tournament for Vietnamese community in Japan’s Kyushu launched

Monday, 17/06/2024 15:32
A football tournament for the Vietnamese community in the Kyushu region, southern Japan was organized by the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka, the Association of Vietnamese People in Fukuoka (AVF), and the Association of Vietnamese Trade and Investment Promotion Enterprises in Kyushu (VITK) on June 16.
Representatives of football teams and donors at the event (Photo: VNA)

According to the Vietnam News Agency, this is the first large-scale sports tournament that has been held for the Vietnamese community in the Kyushu region. It is expected to become an annual event to create a playground and promote community connection for the Vietnamese community there.

The tournament attracted 24 Vietnamese amateur teams from localities in Kyushu and the south central region. Many Japanese amateur players also join the teams that will compete in the mini 7-player football format.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the tournament, Vietnamese Consul General in Fukuoka Vu Chi Mai affirmed that the football tournament aims to help the Vietnamese community to improve health, and build the stronger community.

She said that the success of this year's tournament will pave the way to a bigger one next year with more teams from ASEAN country members in the region and local teams to be invited to join.

By the end of 2023, about 52,000 Vietnamese people were living, working and studying in Kyushu, accounting for about one tenth of the total number of Vietnamese people in Japan./.