Greyhound racing in Vietnam takes place at the Lam Son Stadium in Vung Tau. In 1999, the company Sports and Entertainment Services Ltd was granted a twenty-five year license to operate greyhound racing and conduct betting on it in the country.1 The stadium held its first race on May 6, 2000.2 Today racing takes place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Greyhounds in a pen next to the track. (Lam Son Stadium)
Greyhounds at the Lam Son Stadium. (Voice of Vietnam)
A greyhound in the Lam Son Stadium kennel compound. (GREY2K USA Worldwide)
Dogs poisoned to death after racing in Vietnam. (Animals Australia)
The greyhounds are housed and trained at a kennel complex around fifty minutes away by car from the track.3 The greyhounds that race in Vietnam are both imported from Australia as well as bred in country. There are between 750 and 800 greyhounds being trained and bred in the country.4 A kennel caretaker told GREY2K USA Worldwide Board Member Charmaine Settle in 2012 that there is no adoption program for the dogs after they finish racing.5
Sports and Entertainment Services Joint Stock Company (formally Sports and Entertainment Services Ltd) has racing regulations that include rules regarding ownership of racing greyhounds and anti-doping policies. 6 Wagering on greyhound races is legal in Vietnam. A minimum bet of 10,000 VND is required and bets have to be made at the track.7 Greyhound racing brought in an estimated 2.3 billion VND to the Vietnamese government in 2012. 8
Nguyen Ngoc My and Phil Bell, The Development of Greyhound Racing in Vietnam, 2000. Paper presented at the World Greyhound Racing Federation Conference, Sydney Australia.
"Impressive greyhound racing in Vung Tau," Vietnam Breaking News, January 3, 2014, english.vov.vn (accessed October 6, 2014); "Dog racing in Vung Tau," VietNamNet Online Newspaper, February 2, 2012, vietnam.vnanet.vn (accessed October 6, 2014).
Email from Charmaine Settle, Director, GREY2K USA, to Carey M. Theil, Executive Director, and Christine Dorchak, President, GREY2K USA, February 2, 2012, 6:07AM EST (on file with author).
"Regulation on dog racing," Sports and Entertainment Services Joint Stock Company, duachovietnam.net (accessed October 6, 2014).
Max Murta, "Greyhound racing in Vung Tau," Travel Fish, February 19, 2013, travelfish.org (accessed October 6, 2014).
" Legislators mulls over racing, betting proposal." Vietnam Plus, August 15, 2013, en.vietnamplus.vn/