An eight-year project to preserve and develop folk games and modern sports among ethnic groups nationwide has begun, say Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s officials.
The project was conceived from the notion that ethnic residents of extremely poor regions have great enthusiasm for, as well as potential in, sports both traditional and modern, despite their existing economic challenges. Therefore, those economic factors are not seen as a considerable hindrance in boosting athletic participation among the groups.
The project consists of three phases, starting in 2008 and ending in 2015. The first stage focuses on 17 ethnic groups having a population of less than 10,000 people and spread across 37 provinces. The second stage will shift to another 19 groups with a population fluctuating from 10,000 to 100,000 people, and the final stage will target groups numbering less than 10,000 people. Project-launchers hope to preserve and promote folk sports such as con or pao throw, javelin throw, and archery, so that the sports can still be a vital part of either traditional or national ceremonies.
"The project’s budget will not only be spent in building local infrastructure to save and develop folk games, but also aim at lifting the profile of popular modern sports among the ethnic groups," said deputy cultutre minister Nguyen Danh Thai.
The project’s draft will be made available to provincial sports administrator’s hands in order to collect and contribute ideas for its implementation.