The opening ceremony in Hai Duong.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Nhan Dan Newspaper Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Thinh Giang, said the event, the 29th of its kind, is a good opportunity to select outstanding players for the national team to prepare for up-coming international events. He added that the tournament also celebrates the 36th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam as well as the 121st birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh.
After the opening ceremony, the players took part in the group stage matches in the men’s and women's team events.
The 13 men’s teams are divided into four groups that will play to decide the top two teams in each group qualifying for the quarter-finals. PetroVietnam earned their first victory in the first day of competition after edging the Army team 3-2.
Meanwhile, Hanoi T&T had some excellent performances from key players Tran Tuan Quynh and Phan Huy Hoang to thank for defeating Hong Quang Tien Giang and Hanoi to top group A.
In the women's team event, nine teams were divided into three groups to compete for six tickets to the next round. The Police team beat Hanoi T&T 3-1, while Hoang Thach Cement Hai Duong surprised everyone when they defeated the powerhouse Army team with the same score.
Team event matches will continue being played today.
The tournament, co-organised by Nhan Dan Newspaper, the Vietnam Table Tennis Federation, and the Hai Duong Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is sponsored by PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Company. It has attracted 100 men and women players from 14 teams: the Police team, Hanoi, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Khanh Hoa, PetroVietnam, Viettinbank, the Army team, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Quang Tien Giang, Hanoi T&T, Ho Chi Minh City Telecommunications, Vinh Long and Vietsovpetro. The teams are competing for seven sets of medals in men’s and women’s, singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events.