|Tanimex duo Cam Hong-Hong Loan (the further side) play in the 2008 Tanimex Cup last November in Ho Chi Minh City. They were the champions. (Filed photo: VNExpress)|
Ninh Thuan Province on the central coast will host a national-level beach volleyball tournament for the first time from November 20 to 22. By Thursday, 23 teams have confirmed participation in Tanimex Cup there.
Ho Chi Minh City-based Tanimex Company, the tournament organizer, announced here Thursday that 12 male and 11 female teams had put their names down for this year’s competition, which is also a final test for selection of the national squads competing in December’s Southeast Asian Games in Laos.
This is also the first time the annual event is held outside HCM City since its inception in 2007. The first two editions took place here, and Tanimex teams won in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
This year, the 23 teams will compete at the beach resort of Long Thuan, Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, Ninh Thuan from November 20 to 22.
The host province, in its first participation in the national event, will send one female and one male team, the organizer said.
Tanimex will send two female and two male teams. HCM City’s Tan Binh District will send three female and two male teams, as the central province of Khanh Hoa will. The other teams come from Quang Nam, Danang, Hai Phong and a military unit.
Tanimex said it would see fierce competition from other teams this time.
Vietnam Television will broadcast live the opening and closing ceremonies, the openers, semifinals and finals on the VTV3 and VTV9 channels. HCM City Television will do the same on HTV2 channel.
Vietnam’s beach volleyball teams for the SEA Games in Laos will be set up based on performance by players in the Tanimex Cup.