The open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament has proved to be a major tournament in the province.
All preparations for the 2017 Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament have been made. In the photo: An employee of Hai Duong Sacombank hangs a banner propagating the tournament
After 25 seasons, the open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament “Running with Sacombank for the community health” has increasingly proved to be a major tournament in the province.
This Sunday (December 24) morning, the launching ceremony of the Olympic Running Day for the Whole Population's Health and the 26th open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament “Running with Sacombank for the community health” will take place at Bach Dang park (Hai Duong city).
Pham Si Can, deputy director of the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism cum deputy head of the tournament organizing board, said all preparations for the traditional tournament had been made.
The department finished urging, listing of teams, professional training of referees, and arrangement of forces to serve the tournament.
In the past days, Hai Duong city authorities, who have hosted the tournament for dozens of times, actively engaged in preparing the things entrusted.
The City People's Committee assigned the Physical Training and Sports Center and the Radio Station to jointly intensify propaganda of the launching ceremony.
The Provincial General Hospital and the City Police arranged forces, equipment, and means and worked out plans for medical work and assurance of security and order at the venues of the opening ceremony and competitions.
The city authorities mobilized about 800 people, including policemen, soldiers, members of Dinh Van Ta Elderly People Club, youngsters, pupils of Nguyen Binh Khiem Senior High School, Tran Phu Junior High School, Ngo Gia Tu Junior High School, etc. to respond to the launching ceremony.
As a sponsor of many seasons, Hai Duong Sacombank also actively made relevant preparations.
Besides reserving funds for organization and prizes, Hai Duong Sacombank assigned employees to hang five banners, 50 flags, two slogans, and the main background at the opening ceremony venue; provided 400 T-shirts for runners and referees, 100 sets of clothes for leaders of central and provincial bodies, boards, sectors, and agencies involved in responsive running, etc.
In localities, the training, selection, and listing of runners to attend this year's open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament “Running with Sacombank for the community health” have been well done by district Centers for Culture and Sports.
Many localities have held district-level running tournaments to choose the best competitors for the Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament.
Since March, Kim Thanh district authorities have organized training for runners in preparation for the tournament.
In some areas, leaders of the district have spent time meeting and encouraging the athletes about to participate in the tournament.
"These days, our runners are actively and excitedly practicing. We will take part in all events of this tournament with determination to win the best achievements," said Nguyen Van Hong, director of the Kinh Mon District Center for Culture and Sports.
Affirmation of prestige
Teenage runners compete in the Nam Sach District Running Tournament 2017
Through 25 seasons, the open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament “Running with Sacombank for the community health” has truly become a major, prestigious, and increasingly pervasive tournament.
More especially, this year's tournament is the first of 16 sports of the 8th Provincial Games. This contributes to increasing the fierceness and attractiveness of the tournament.
At first, there were only amateurs, but now the tournament has been expanded and lured numerous professional athletes from other provinces and cities.
The tournament's appeal has constantly increased, reflected in the increasing number of participating runners.
By this time, nearly 300 athletes have registered for participation in competitions, much higher than last year's figure. Among them, about 70 professionals from six provinces of Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Thai Binh, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, and host Hai Duong have registered for the advanced category.
Apart from the Provincial Police and the Provincial Military Command, all 10 districts, the provincial town, and the city have sent runners to the events of the 8th Provincial Games. Many districts registered 26 – 30 athletes.
The open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament “Running with Sacombank for the community health” has drawn not only responses of many people from all walks of life but also attention from leaders at all levels.
At every opening ceremony, leaders of the National Olympic Committee, the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the province, the provincial boards, sectors, unions, etc. always join in responsive running to encourage the competitive spirit of runners and the physical training movement among people of all strata.
The open Hai Duong Newspaper running tournament “Running with Sacombank for the community health” has been widely pervasive. It not only contributes to encouraging the physical training spirit and the improvement of the community health but also helps detect and select talented athletes for the provincial team.