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Elephant sports in Vietnam's Central Highlands
By Thanh Nien News -
Eighteen domestic elephants have participated in different sport activities in a traditional festival held in Dak Lak's Buon Don District in the Central Highlands this month. Photo credit:
A skillful elephant scores his third goal during a match on March 13
 After the match, the elephants join a race with three rounds
The event has attracted many tourists and local residents
These elephants are neck and neck in the race. 
Number 11 finishes first in the race
At around 3 p.m., they gather at the Serepok river for a river crossing competition
The competition starts after the Serepok Dam discharges water into the river, which became dry due to severe drought in the province
 Each elephant must cross the river and get a flag, before resting for five minutes for the return leg
The mahouts and their elephants cross the river
Number 11 once against takes the lead
 After the games, they head toward the village house while being cheered by local Ede youths
Each of them us blessed by the village's patriarch