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Vietnam sends two teams to regional robot contest

At a press briefing to announce the launch of this year’s event on August 16, Vietnam Television (VTV) — the organiser — revealed that the competition has attracted the participation of 19 teams from 18 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific.

The host delegation includes two teams with 12 members all from Lac Hong University in the southern province of Dong Nai. This is the 17th consecutive year the Robocon has been organised and it is the third to be hosted by Vietnam.

The ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (ABU Robocon) is a robot competition, founded in 2002 by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). The event has been held and broadcast in many ABU member countries. VTV has participated in and organised the contest since 2002.

This year’s theme is “Nem Con” (con throwing) – a popular folk game of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam’s northwestern region. During the game, con – a colourful fabric ball – will be thrown at a bamboo ring fixed to the top of a bamboo pole from 15m-20m high.