By Grayson Tyler
- Population: 94,348,835 (July 2015 est.)
- Capital: Hanoi, Vietnam
- Government official and title: President Trần Đại Quang
- Government type: Communism
- Language: Most citizens speak Vietnamese and Russian
The most played sports in Vietnam are football, badminton, taekwondo, swimming, tennis, and ping-pong. Out of those, football and taekwondo are the most common. Most kids are taught at least some form of taekwondo as a kid.
MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS
The major sporting events that Vietnam takes place in is the Asia Games which are ever year and the olympics which are every two years as well (summer and winter). The Asia Games is a multi-sport event with over 40 sports and over 45 countries in it. Vietnam started competing in the Asian Games the first year it started in 1951. On a much smaller scale, many citizens of Vietnam play in the local and national chess tournaments hosted by the Asia Chess Federation.
SUCCESSFUL/FAMOUS VIETNAMESE ATHLETES
Bùi Thị Nhung is an Olympic high-jumper and is one of Vietnam's most know athletes. Dương Thị Việt Anh is also a high jumper and is a teammate with Bùi Thị Nhung. Le Van Duong is an middle-distance runner in the olympics. He is best known for competing in the 800 meter run. Nguyễn Đình Cương is a 800 meter runner in the Olympics as well. Vũ Thị Hương is a sprinter from Dinh Hoa District, Vientnam. She is a sprinter in the Olympics and Asian Games. And last but not least, Vũ Bích Hường who is a retired 100 meter hurdle Olympic runner.
The Vietnam War is known as the 10,000 day war. The Vietnam War started on November 1, 1955 and ended on April 30, 1975. The combatants in the war were France, Japan, The United Kingdom, India, North Vietnam, Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba, Laos, Cambodia, Republic of Vietnam, The United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Spain, and Canada.
Many people died in the Vietnam War. Over 2 million people died in the war. The U.S. government has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 soldiers died on the side of the South. Just between the U.S. and the South, it's lowly estimated that they killed around 95,000 people, while the North killed about 1,000,000 citizens and soldiers.
The Soviet Union and China poured weapons, supplies, and advisers into North Vietnam right from the beginning of the war. Many U.S.-owned airbases were mortar attacked by the cruel leaders of the North. This lead to much controversy in the United States on whether they should attack back or stay out of the conflict. When President Johnson announced that they were going to attack, he was warned by Vice President Humphrey that major attacks on in the war would only lead to more commitment problems as well as political problems in the battle. In 1964 in mid-February, the U.S. armed forces launched multiple air attacks on territory owned by the South.
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