The Vietnam People's Army's delegation on the flight home (Photo: PANO)

The delegation arrived back in Hanoi on September 7 after an 8-hour flight from the Federation of Russia.

According to Maj. Gen. Pham Van Thai, Deputy Director of the Department of Military Training under the VPA’s General Staff, who led the Vietnamese delegation, Vietnam sent 17 teams to compete in 15 out of 34 categories at the International Army Games 2021.

“The International Army Games has brought us a lot of benefits, especially in defense diplomacy, in the spirit of solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding between the militaries of the countries, and especially the traditional relationship between the people and armies of Vietnam and the Russian Federation,” he said. “We also learned many lessons from training and combat readiness.”

Statistics from the Organising Committee showed that more than 1.5 million people watched and cheered for the teams competing in Russia and the host countries of the International Army Games 2021.

The organisation of the Games ensured safety even in the context that the COVID-19 pandemic is still complicated in many countries hosting and participating in the Games.

The International Army Games 2021 was held from August 22 to September 4. A total of 260 teams from 45 countries and territories participated in the event, competing in 34 categories./.

 

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