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Aéroports de Paris to become ACV strategic investor



HÀ NỘI — The Airports Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) plans to sell some 166 million shares to French airport authority Aéroports de Paris (ADP), which is set to become a strategic investor.

ACV, the largest enterprise in Việt Nam’s transport sector, said in a draft resolution prepared for its first shareholders’ meeting next Wednesday in HCM City that the initial price of the shares are expected to be VNĐ13,100 (58 US cents) each.

With such share volume and price, ADP will hold some 7.4 per cent of ACV’s total equity of VNĐ22.4 trillion. If the agreement is successful, the French company will be restricted in transferring its shares for at least 10 years.

A corner of the Tân Sơn Nhất airport in HCM City. The Airports Corporation of Việt Nam plans to sell a 7.4 per cent stake to a French partner. — Photo

A corner of the Tân Sơn Nhất airport in HCM City. The Airports Corporation of Việt Nam plans to sell a 7.4 per cent stake to a French partner. — Photo

ACV Chairman Nguyễn Nguyên Hùng told the press in January that ADP was the only investor, at that time, that met the requirements of the Ministry of Transport to conduct negotiations in the role of a strategic partner.

Other organisations that proposed, but failed, to become strategic investors of ACV were Changi Airport International, a subsidiary of Singapore’s Changi Airport Group, and the Bank for Investment and Development of Việt Nam.

After launching an initial public offering on the HCM City Stock Exchange last December, ACV announced it would offer strategic investors a 20 per cent stake. This means a remaining stake of 12.6 per cent is still available for other investors.

Meanwhile, industry insiders said ANA Holdings Inc, owner of Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways, might be the next potential strategic investor of ACV.

Japan has expressed interest in the VNĐ336.6 trillion Long Thành international aviation terminal, which will be developed by ACV in southern Đồng Nai Province, following the government’s designation. Japan is reportedly considering funding the terminal with government capital set aside for development assistance.

Additionally, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has also decided to sell an 8.8 per cent stake to ANA Holdings at an estimated price of nearly $109 million, and the agreement is expected to be concluded in June.

In another statement, ACV said concentrating resources for Long Thành development will be one of its business strategies for the next five years. The company will mobilise VNĐ114.5 trillion to complete the first phase of the terminal by 2025.

Between 2016 and 2020, the company projects passenger growth rates of six to eight per cent per year at its airport system. Also, it expects annual growth rates in freight to reach some five per cent.

This year, it plans to report total revenues of VNĐ12.1 trillion, with revenues from services increasing 5.1 per cent over last year. It is set to pay dividends at a rate of five per cent, with pre-tax profits expected to reach VNĐ2.1 trillion.

The company also plans to spend no more than VNĐ5.8 trillion on infrastructure upgrades at half of its 22 nationwide airports this year, including major terminals in Hà Nội, HCM City and central Đà Nẵng City.

Currently, the State retains a stake of 75 per cent in ACV.

Vũ Anh Minh, the director of the transport ministry’s enterprise management department, told Vietnam News Agency last November that the State’s stake in ACV would be reduced from 75 to 65 per cent “at a suitable time”.

The reduction would depend upon the government’s calculations in retaining its stake in the company, and the need for capital to assure progress in the Long Thành project, he said.


National Wheelchair Tennis Championships to start in Hà Nội



The Việt Nam Tennis Federation gave wheelchairs to athletes with disabilities in HCM City to prepare for the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships. — Photo courtesy of VTF

HÀ NỘI — The National Wheelchair Tennis Championships takes place in Hà Nội on December 1.

Independent participants as well as players from units and member clubs of the Việt Nam Tennis Federation (VTF) will take part in the event.

Athletes will compete in four events, men’s and women’s singles and men’s and women’s doubles.

This is the first time the VTF has cooperated with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to organise the Vietnamese national wheelchair tennis event.

The tournament will apply the wheelchair tennis rules issued by the International Tennis Federation. The only difference between wheelchair tennis and regular tennis is that the ball can bounce off the court twice. The second bounce off the court is allowed outside the touch-line.

This event aims to create a useful playground, helping athletes with disabilities have the opportunity to gain experience, hone competitive skills and accumulate points.

In addition to trophies and bonuses, winners will have the opportunity to gain bonus points, including 60 points for the first place, 40 points for second place and 20 points for third place.

Following this event, the best athletes will also be selected to the national wheelchair tennis team to prepare for the ASEAN Para Games which will take place on June 3-9, 2023 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wheelchair tennis is widely played in many countries around the world. In addition to competing in Grand Slam tournaments, wheelchair tennis is also one of the sports competed at the summer Olympics for the disabled.

Wheelchair tennis is no longer a strange sport for Vietnamese athletes with disabilities. However, until now, most of the disabled athletes who are passionate about this sport only focus on small group activities.

With the spirit of social responsibility and the desire to create more opportunities to participate in sports activities and affirm the personal efforts of people with disabilities, the VTF with the support from the ITF gave 10 wheelchairs to athletes with disabilities in Thái Nguyên City and HCM City. VNS


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The most technologically advanced World Cup ever



Minh Nguyễn

Minh Nguyễn

This year’s World Cup has been known for several unique traits that have never occurred before. For starters, it is in winter instead of the traditional summer. It is also the most expensive World Cup ever, with a estimated bill of around US$220 billion, the ban of alcohol and more. However, not everything about the tournament this year is controversial. It has introduced to us some of the most advanced technology the sport has ever seen. So I thought I’d use the opportunity to get technical! 

The Al Rihla ball. Photo courtesy of Adidas

 The Al Rihla ball

The 2022 World Cup’s ball is absolutely unique. Its leather has an Inertial Measurement Unit sensor which can detect the exact moment the ball is hit, without negatively affecting the performance. It is utilised with the 12 cameras placed in various places across the stadium in order to provide all the necessary info to the referees and managers. Indeed, the data not only helps the officials, but also aids the coaches on their players as well as the opponents.

Semi-automated offside

Normally with the use of VAR, the video team still has to spend a little time re-watching the footage so as to determine if the play has been offside or not. Nevertheless, the aforementioned Al Rihla ball as well as the camera system will alert the VAR team automatically about the offside decision, which will allow the decisions to be made more quickly and precisely. This system has been successfully tested at some of the previous FIFA tournaments, including the Arab Cup and the Club World Cup, both in 2021. However, this technology still sparked some controversies in some of the matches so far, including the first disallowed goal from Ecuador in the opening match.


How the semi-automated offside is portrayed in 3D

Better experience for fans

FIFA has introduced a mobile app which enables fans to track every single player’s statistics in the tournament. This is very convenient for us as we don’t have to search for a different website to check our favorite players. Moreover, we can see these numbers anywhere as we always bring our smartphones along.

Broadcasting has also become more and more advanced through the years, as the number of TV channels and websites that offer us World Cup experiences have increased by a large number compared to the previous tournaments. Additionally, the quality of the broadcast has also improved a lot, with 4K being the norm these days.

Enhanced security for fans at the stadium

Safety for supporters has always been a great concern for every major tournament. With the aim of guaranteeing this issue, the board has installed an estimated 15,000 cameras with facial recognition in order to identify any wrongdoers, as well as to prevent terrorism, which has been a concern for a long time in the Middle East.

So there you have it. The World Cup organisation has so far raised a few eyebrows to say the least. But one thing’s for sure, it is the most high-tech tournament the game has ever seen. VNS



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Star basketball player on personal motivation to learn Vietnamese



Tim Waale – the captain of professional basketball club Saigon Heat – recently discussed his motivation to learn Vietnamese on his Instagram account.

Waale, also known as Dinh Khai Tam, answered a fan’s question about why he was unable to speak Vietnamese fluently despite growing up in Vietnam.

He has a Vietnamese mother and a Danish father. He lived in Vietnam before relocating to Denmark when he was in high school.

“I went to international schools when I was a kid and only spoke English,” Waale explained.

“I also talked to my parents in English at home.

“My mother tried to teach me Vietnamese, but I was too lazy to learn.”

The 24-year-old player said he later regretted it when he was unable to communicate with his grandparents when visiting them in northern Thai Nguyen Province during the Lunar New Year holiday.

“Even though I was never able to talk to my grandmother again after she passed away, I was determined to learn Vietnamese,” he said.

Tim Waale shares his motivation to learn Vietnamese on his Instagram account. Photo: VBA

Tim Waale shares his motivation to learn Vietnamese on his Instagram account. Photo: VBA

Tuan Anh, the fan who asked Waale the question, thanked the player for his answer, saying that it is never too late to learn something.

“I really hope that you will be in the Vietnamese national basketball team one day. Good luck, Tim.”

Another fan said he will communicate with Waale in Vietnamese more often to help him practice.

Waale has participated in the VBA pro basketball league since its first season in 2016.

The 1.93-meter-tall player and other members of Saigon Heat won the championship title in three consecutive seasons in 2019, 2020, and 2022.

He is widely considered one of the best athletes in the league and won the Block of the Year title at the VBA 2022.

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