World powerboat race to kick off in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh next March

The 2024 Grand Prix of Binh Dinh, a world power boating competition, is slated to take place in Binh Dinh Province on the south-central coast of Vietnam in late March next year, provincial authorities announced.

The Binh Dinh administration on Sunday held a press conference in Binh Dinh’s capital city of Quy Nhon to introduce the coming sports event, in the presence of local officials and representatives of H2O Racing, an international sports management and marketing company that promotes world championship events in powerboating.

Delegates attend the press conference to introduce the 2024 Grand Prix of Binh Dinh in Quy Nhon City under Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam, July 9, 2023. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Accordingly, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) will host the 2024 Grand Prix of Binh Dinh, which includes the ABP Aquabike Grand Prix and the F1H2O Grand Prix, on March 22-24 and on March 29-31, respectively, in Thi Nai Lagoon in Quy Nhon.

The upcoming world sports event in Binh Dinh will become a feature in the world powerboating calendar from 2024 onward, according to H2O Racing.

The international powerboat race, to be organized for the first time in Vietnam, is expected to gather more than 70 racers, including veterans from countries around the world.

“We are going to bring more than 30 flags from different nations to Vietnam next March. Binh Dinh will become the world’s capital of powerboat racing during the race weekends,” Nicoló di San Germano, founder of H2O Racing, told the conference.

Germano said his other goals are “to see Vietnamese athletes becoming involved in our world championships and to see the industries of Vietnam producing engines and boats to participate and eventually win the world championship.”

The founder believed that those dreams can become a reality with the help of all the officials and support staff in Vietnam.

“The carbon-neutral 2024 Grand Prix of Binh Dinh is also the perfect platform for race organizers to establish a strong foundation to further develop the tourism industry in the region,” H2O Racing stated on its website.

By organizing both the competitions in Quy Nhon, the organizers wish for the city to be named on the world sports map, get along with the other cities around the world that have previously hosted similar events, and contribute to the protection of nature, CEO of H2O Racing Raimondo Di San Germand said.

Pham Anh Tuan, chairman of the Binh Dinh administration, commented that the coming tournaments will open up an opportunity for tourists around the world to learn more about Quy Nhon and Binh Dinh in general.

“Local authorities are committed to creating the best conditions for the tournament to take place successfully and hope the competition will become an annual sports event in Binh Dinh,” Tuan said.

The province’s leader added that Thi Nai Lagoon, the host location of the races, is an attractive tourist destination in south-central Vietnam with its pristine beauty and breathtaking scenery.

“It is our privilege to be the local organizer of such an amazing event,” H2O Racing quoted Tran Viet Anh, chairman of Binh Dinh F1 JSC, as saying.

Anh expressed his hope that the Grand Prix of Binh Dinh will promote the future of sport tourism in Vietnam while introducing a new, attractive event to sport lovers in the country.

(Source: TTO)

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