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AFF Cup 2020 at risk of format change due to COVID-19

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Together with the possibility of deteriorating quality as many teams have not had the opportunity to make the best preparation of their forces, the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020, scheduled for November, 

is even at risk of changing its format if the COVID-19 situation in Southeast Asia is not put under control soon. 

AFF Cup 2020 at risk of format change due to COVID-19

Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo (second from right) speaks to national team defender Tran Dinh Trong in the stands during a V.League 2020 match. 

Taking the Vietnamese team for instance, the preparatory steps worked out by coach Park Hang-seo and the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) for the national squad have been delayed since the beginning of the year, with V.League 2020 having been forced to a halt due to the impact of the disease. Such a fact has prevented the Republic of Korea tactician from keeping his initial recruitment and training plans on schedule. For the time being, Park’s side will not be able to reconvene until at least June, when no tournament is held.

In addition, Park is unlikely to have his strongest squad for the AFF Cup 2020, with centre back Duy Manh currently suffering an injury. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Dang Van Lam is also at risk of absence as he has to play for Muangthong United FC. In the case that the Thai League follows the new schedule (from September 2020 to May 2021), Dang Van Lam will have to acquire approval from Muangthong United to join his Vietnamese teammates in the AFF Cup, because the tournament is beyond the FIFA’s competition system for national teams.

Despite that fact, Park appears to be more fortunate than many of his counterparts in the region. Coach Akira Nishino may even lose the no. 1 star in his Thai squad, midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin, and some other players who are currently playing in J-League (Japan). In 2018, when Vietnam were crowned AFF Cup champions, Thailand also did not have their strongest force, with Chanathip busy playing for Consodole Sapporo FC. Looking at how Thailand troubled Vietnam in the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, it is easy to realise the difference when Chanathip in the squad.

Similarly, M-League (Malaysia) has been suspended due to COVID-19 and will possibly resume no sooner than September, or even October. Malaysian media are even worried that the Super League might be cancelled. The Philippines recently decided to cancel all sports activities until December 2020, pushing the country’s national football team into a possible withdrawal from the AFF Cup 2020.

Southeast Asian football is suffering from the consequences of the pandemic at various levels, from mild to very serious. In this context, it is extremely difficult for teams to make their best preparations, regarding both forces and profession, for the regional championship.

Format change?

The AFF Cup 2020 being played with a changed format is a quite possible scenario if the novel coronavirus disease in Southeast Asia remains uncontrolled from now until the kick-off date. According to statistics, Singapore is currently the COVID-19 epicentre in Southeast Asia with 18,788 cases and 18 deaths. Indonesia ranks second with 11,587 cases and 864 deaths, followed by the Philippines with 9,485 cases and 623 deaths. Countries in the region have now tightened entry, exit and travel in an effort to curb the pandemic.

Meanwhile, according to the AFF Cup 2020 format, 10 participating teams will be divided into two groups and play on a home-and-away basis. If the disease is not properly controlled, it will be difficult for countries in a “closed” state to host a football match. The AFF Cup 2020 is also likely to be held at empty stadiums, which threatens to cause huge losses for the organising committee. 

Permanent Vice President of the VFF Tran Quoc Tuan acknowledged that COVID-19 is seriously impacting football in the region and the world. He said the AFF has not made any announcement concerning the organization of the AFF Cup 2020. “A long period remains from now till the end of the year. Hopefully by then, the pandemic in Southeast Asia will have been curbed so that football events may return to normal,” he stated. Nhan Dan

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/aff-cup-2020-at-risk-of-format-change-due-to-covid-19-639339.html

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Vietnam win gold, silver at Asian Taekwondo Championship

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Vietnam won one gold and one silver medal at the Asian Taekwondo Championship which closed in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 17.

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Truong Thi Kim Tuyen is on the top podium of the women’s 49kg discipline at the Asian Taekwondo Championship in Lebanon. (Photo: VNA)

Truong Thi Kim Tuyen won gold in the women’s 49kg category. The No 1 seed defeated No 2 Mannopova Madinabonu of Uzbekistan 25-24 in the final.

It was Tuyen’s second Asian title in a row after her first in the 46kg class three year ago held in Vietnam. She is the first Vietnamese fighter to have won the continental competition. Madinabonu also took part in that event and grabbed a bronze.

Tuyen received a bye in the first round. She beat Munisa Oimatova of Tajikistan, No 9 seed, in the quarter-finals and No 5 Hung Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. Hung and Tuyen will have a chance to fight again next month as both have qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo.

On June 16, Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet pocketed a silver in the women’s 57kg class. The unseeded player shocked No 4 Laetitia Aoun of the hosts 12-0 in the quarter-finals before beating No 1 Chen Yu-Chuang of Chinese Taipei 5-4 in the last four. Chen previously knocked Tuyet out of an Olympic qualification tournament last month.

Tuyet however fell 28-11 to No 3 Kim Yu-jin of the Republic of Korea in the final.

Ho Thi Kim Ngan, who was seeded No 4 in the women’s 53kg pool, had an unsuccessful event as she was eliminated in the first round by Ghazal Soltani of Iran.

The Asian championship, which was on June 14-18, lured nearly 340 athletes from 28 countries and territories competing in 16 pools for both men and women.

Vietnamese players will fly to Kazakhstan to continue their training until July 10 when Tuyen and her coach Kim Ki-tae take part in the Tokyo Games./.

Source: VNS

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Vietnam taekwondo star claims gold at Asian championship

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Truong Thi Kim Tuyen (R) during the semi-finals of Asian qualifiers for Olympic Tokyo on May 21, 2021. Photo courtesy of World Taekwondo.


Truong Thi Kim Tuyen clinched a gold medal for Vietnam at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Lebanon on Thursday.

In the final of the 49 kg category, Tuyen defeated Uzbek fighter Madinabonu Mannopova, runner-up at Asian Games 2019. The intense match ended with a close win 25-24 for Tuyen.

Since Tuyen was seeded first in the tournament, she didn’t have to participate in the first game. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, Tuyen beat opponents from Tajikistan and Taiwan to enter the final.

Last month, Tuyen also grabbed a Tokyo Olympic ticket for Vietnamese taekwondo.

The Asian Taekwondo Championships took place in Lebanon from June 16 to 18. A total of 337 athletes from 28 countries and territories in the region participated in the event.

Vietnam’s four-member team at the tournament included South Korean expert Kim Kil Tae and two other female athletes: Ho Thi Kim Ngan (53 kg) and Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet (57 kg).

Tuyet went on to collect a silver at the championships.

On Saturday, the taekwondo team will travel to Kazakhstan to continue training. Expert Kim and Tuyen will fly to Tokyo on July 19 to compete in the Olympics.

Previously, to prepare for Olympic qualifiers and the Asian Taekwondo Championships, the national taekwondo team left for overseas training on April 14. For the past two months, the team have trained in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, before competing in Jordan and Lebanon.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/vietnam-taekwondo-star-claims-gold-at-asian-championship-4296250.html

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National futsal team to compete at tournament in Spain

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Vietnamese players celebrate their win over Lebanon in the World Cup play-offs. They will compete in a friendly tournament in Spain to prepare for the world competition. Photo vov.vn 

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will take part in an international four-side futsal tournament in Spain in August in preparation for their World Cup campaign.

The team just completed a 21-day quarantine period in HCM City and returned home on Thursday after qualifying for the event in the UAE in May.

They will join their club teammates to compete on the second leg of the National Futsal Championship in mid-July if the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control, according to Trần Anh Tú, head of Futsal Department of Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF).

The national team will have their next training camp in early August. They will have a training course in Spain from August 25. At the tournament, Việt Nam will play Japan, Guatemala and the hosts.

Before leaving for the Lithuania World Cup from September 12 to October 3, they are expected to have a game against a leading Spanish club. 

The VFF is also in discussions for a friendly match with the Moroccan national team on September 6.

Việt Nam will play Brazil in their first group stage match on September 13.

According to the organisers, VAR will be used at this year’s World Cup.—

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/977040/national-futsal-team-to-compete-at-tournament-in-spain.html

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