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Third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 Hanoi

An estimated 5,000 athletes and trainers, and 800 referees, technical staff and sports officials from 45 countries and territories are expected at the Third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 event in November 2009, which features sports that have not yet made it into the world arena.

The 9-day long third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 in Hanoi will likely have 20 sports and 200 events, including petanque, shuttlecock, pencak silat and vovinam (Vietnamese martial art). Jujitsu and beltwrestling will be demonstration events.

Some of the third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 sports included: Aerobics, Billiards, Bowling, Chess, DanceSport, Dragon & Lion Dance, Electronic Sports (E-Sports), Extreme Sports (X-Sports), Futsal, Hoop Sepaktakraw, Indoor Athletics, Indoor Cycling, Indoor Hockey, Muay, Swimming.

Twelve Asian Indoor Games (AIG) sports events will be held in Ha Noi and six in Ho Chih Minh (HCM) City.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism last October announced the official logo, mascot and song for the third AIG.

The Third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 logo will be a torch created by colourful petals. The lotus, with the petals joined together like twisted hands, will symbolise solidarity, friendship and co-operation.

The Third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 anthem for the Games will be Thap Sang Ngon Duoc Vi Hoa Binh (Let’s Light A Torch of Peace), written by young composers Duc Tan and An Hieu. The mascot will be a Ho Village chicken, a rare distinctly Vietnamese breed of chicken that is believed to have the five qualities of a man of honour: literary knowledge, martial arts skills, physical strength, humanity and loyalty.

The Asian Indoor Games (AIG) 2009 is a multi-sport event held every two years. The games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The first games were held in 2005 in Bangkok, where Viet Nam finished in 21st place with one silver and one bronze medal.

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