National Geographic : 1965 Jun
and of tle owner can make the difference." I asked, "In a sense, isn't this also true in politics, in war, in everything?" He replied, "Here we talk about horse races. We never discuss politics." Viet Nam's National Sport: Soccer I left the track in time for the big soccer match at the Cong Hoa Stadium. "Biggest crowd of the year," said sports writer Phan Nhu My. "Because people are optimistic after the air strikes in the north?" "No, because it's the championship finals- Armed Forces versus Customs. Customs has a magnificent goalkeeper, Pham Van Rang." Soccer is Saigon's biggest sport, said Mr. Phan Nhu My. Next comes ping-pong. "Sai gon has 57 soccer teams. Of the 14 in the first division, 6 are military. That's war." In the stadium, too, I saw hardly any police. Armed Forces won, 1 to 0, and I left, as relaxed and happy as a red bat. That night Maj. Glenn Petrenko of the U. S. Army called for me in his jeep, to take me on a patrol in an outlying part of the Saigon metropolitan area. This area roughly circular, with a radius of 11 miles 863 Meditation before a match: A Buddhist judo class hears loudspeaker prayers of the Venerable Tam Giac (left). A senior monk, he is also a Black Belt judo expert and chief of Buddhist chaplains in the Vietnamese Army. Each night he supervises 1,500 students, aged 6 to 70, who believe this dis ciplined art builds moral character. The class above practices beneath pictures of Buddha, Quang Duc, the first monk to commit suicide by fire as a protest against the Diem government, and Jigoro Kano, the Japanese founder of judo.