Algiers (VNA) – The first national level Vo Viet Nam (formerly called Son Long Quyen) took place in Algeria on January 14 and 15 to pay tribute to the master Aïtabdelmalek Larbi, who introduced the Vietnamese martial art to the country in 1973.
The diplomat affirmed that the embassy always accompanies the Federation Vo Viet Nam in Algeria to develop the practice of the martial art here in contribution to the improvement of the cultural exchanges between the two countries.
According to Vo Viet Nam Federation President Ait Medjber, it was the first tournament organized by the federation after the interruption of activities due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The event brought together 500 martial artists from clubs across Algeria as well as foreign students studying and living in the country. It featured individual and team performances.
On this occasion, the Vietnamese ambassador presented a medal to the president for his contributions to the development of martial art in Algeria.
Vinh also met with Larbi and presented him with the “For the Cause of Culture, Sports and Tourism” badge from Vietnam’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Son Long Quyen, along with many other Vietnamese martial arts, were introduced to Algeria in 1973, and there are now around 15,000 people training in some 200 clubs across the country. Vovinam (Viet Vo Dao) is also a popular martial art among Algerians, followed by more than 20,000 people across the country./.