The international army games, held by the Russian Ministry of Defence, is an annual public display of national military might.
Unlike other military sports events, which include competitions in common sports that are related to physical training for the military, Russia might have taken the word ‘military’ a bit too literal and redefined the military sports genre on their own terms.
The annual event, which was first established in 2015, comprises competitions whose name sounds like they were taken out of a video game: tank biathlon, Suvorov attack, aviadarts, masters of artillery fire. Besides these contests, there are also a field cooking contest, a dog race called “True Friend,” art/literary and military history competitions.
This year, Vietnam joined teams from 39 countries for the second year in the Army’s Games, sections of which were hosted by 10 different countries.
Vietnam’s People Army sent out eight teams to compete in eight categories out of the total 32. The teams participating include the tank crew, medical staff, food service specialists, emergency rescue team, arts and dancing contestants, snipers, combat engineers and chemical team.
Despite being a newcomer, competing in just three disciplines last year, Vietnam managed to come second in the tank biathlon competition, reports Dan Tri. It lost to Uzbekistan but came before Cuba and Uganda in the final of its group. The country’s engineering, chemical and search-rescue team also got bronze medals.
While Vietnam’s surprising performance is less likely to warrant a đi bão situation, authorities seem to be pleased with the camaraderie boost the Army Games seem to foster.