HANOI, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 22nd Sep, 2016 ) - Some 3,000 athletes will converge on the Vietnamese resort town of Danang this weekend for the Asian Beach Games, vying for glory in events ranging from Indian contact sport kabaddi to wrestling and volleyball. The biennial event will see 22 disciplines contested on a seven-kilometre (4.4-mile) stretch of sand at the tourist town in central Vietnam, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Wednesday.
The Games, which run from Saturday until October 3, give prominence to athletes -- and sports -- from Asian nations who do not normally make the podium at the Olympics or World Championships. Participating nations range from regional sporting heavyweight China to landlocked Afghanistan, who have won medals in beach wrestling in previous editions. Beach football and Southeast Asian martial arts vovinam and pencak silat will also feature on the menu.