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Many buffalo owners in the northern province of Vinh Phuc have lost lots of money after the local traditional buffalo fighting festival has been cancelled for Covid-19 prevention for the second year.

Han Van Quyet bathes his buffalo

Hai Luu Buffalo Fighting Festival is said to be the oldest such event in the country. It began in the second century BC when a local military leader, Lu Gia, decided to organise buffalo fights to encourage his soldiers to fight as strong as the buffaloes against the Chinese enemies. All the buffaloes were then slaughtered to serve the soldiers.

After Lu Gia died, local people have continued to hold buffalo fights every year at Hai Luu Commune.


A corner of the Hai Luu Buffalo Fighting Festival 2019

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has suspended many traditional ceremonies and festivals in many localities including the Hai Luu Buffalo Fighting in Vinh Phuc.

A buffalo owner in the area, Nguyen Van Hong, said that he bought a buffalo at VND150 million (USD6,522) two years ago. He was ready to participate in the Hai Luu Buffalo Fighting Festival 2020 but it was cancelled due to the virus outbreak.

“I was disappointed but continued to raise it for this year’s competition. But again the festival was suspended due to the recent outbreak,” Hong said with a sigh. “I’ve lost hundreds of millions of VND on buying and taking care of the buffalo but I will still keep it for next year’s competition.”

The man said that he was among many local families who kept all 20 fighting buffaloes last year for this year’s competition. However, some people have lost hope and now want to sell the animals.

“I’m not sure how many people will continue to keep the buffaloes and wait for next year’s festival,” he said. “Some said that they could not afford to raise the animals anymore.”

Another buffalo owner, Han Van Quyet, said that he is spending from VND3-4 million each month to buy foods for his buffalo which he bought at VND100 million two years ago.

“I’ve invested a total of VND170 million on the buffalo over the past two years and now I want to sell it,” Quyet said. “Some people are asking to buy it for meat at VND70 million. So I would lose VND100 million.”

Speaking with Dantri/Dtinews, chairman of Hai Luu Commune People’s Committee, Dao Tien Trung, said that they had persuaded local people to keep all 20 buffaloes after the festival was cancelled last year.

“But now many buffalo owners were disappointed when being informed of the suspension of this year’s festival,” the official said. “They said they would sell the buffaloes. We have proposed to the Song Lo District People’s Committee provide financial support to local people in maintaining their valuable buffaloes”.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/fighting-buffalo-festival-suspended-716035.html

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Vietnam Professional Basketball League’s 2021 Tip-Off Cup scrapped due to COVID-19

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The organizers of the Vietnam Professional Basketball League (VBA) announced on Thursday that the 2021 Tip-Off Cup and all of its related activities would be canceled regarding the complicated development of COVID-19 in the country.

The cancelation had been approved by the Vietnam Basketball Federation (VBF).

The 2021 VBA Tip-Off Cup was originally scheduled to take place from May 16 to 23 as a kick-start to the official tournament of the VBA that would follow thereafter and last until September.

“This is a very difficult decision because it is the first time the VBF and Vietnam Basketball JSC have introduced the VBA Tip-Off Cup to the fans,” the organizers said in their announcement on Thursday.

“But we chose to cancel the tournament anyway, as we always put public health and the safety of the players and the coaching staff on top.

“The VBA hopes to bring back the tournament as soon as possible when the situation returns to normal.”

Initiated in 2016, the VBA is contested by eight teams this year — the Saigon Heat, Cantho Catfish, Danang Dragons, Hanoi Buffalo, Hochiminh City Wings, Thanglong Warriors, Nhatrang Dolphins and Hoop Dreams.

Despite the Tip-Off Cup’s cancelation, the VBA will kick-off its sixth season from June 4 as scheduled.

Vietnam has been grappling with the re-emergence of COVID-19 since April 27 after the country had gone about a month without detecting any community transmission.

It has seen 121 community infections since then in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and a dozen other provinces.

The country added one local coronavirus case on Friday morning, bringing its caseload to 3,091 patients, according to the Ministry of Health.

Recoveries remain at 2,560 and deaths at 35.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20210507/vietnam-professional-basketball-leagues-2021-tipoff-cup-scrapped-due-to-covid19/60788.html

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Vietnam suspends top-tier league because of players’ indirect contact with COVID-19 patient

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Round 13 of the 2021 Vietnam’s top-flight football tournament V-League 1 has been suspended after several players were found to have come in touch with a direct contact of a COVID-19 patient.

As of Thursday afternoon, all of the away teams and referees had arrived in their hosts’ soil in preparation for the 13th round of the tourney.

However, it was revealed later on the same afternoon that a man who had made contact with a female COVID-19 patient on a flight from central Da Nang City to Vinh City in the hometown of Song Lam Nghe An FC directly interacted with several of the club’s players.

The Vietnam Professional Football (VPF), the organizer of the V-League 1, thus suspended the game in Round 13 between Hanoi FC and Song Lam Nghe An FC, which had been scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Since all games of Round 13 needed to be played at the same time to ensure fairness, the remaining six matches of the round would be scrapped as well, the VPF said.

Round 13 is the last round in the first leg of the V-League 1 and will decide the top six and bottom eight.

The top six teams in the first leg will compete for the title while the bottom eight will have to battle to avoid relegation.

A new schedule for the crucial round has yet to be decided as the V-League 1 would have to make room for the national football team to prepare for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the UAE in June.

Meanwhile, Song Lam Nghe An players will self-isolate at home for at least 14 days as per regulations.

Vietnam has been battling the re-emergence of COVID-19 since April 27 after the country had gone about a month without detecting any community transmission. A total of 121 cases have been confirmed ever since.

The country added one local coronavirus case on Friday morning, bringing its caseload to 3,091 patients, according to the Ministry of Health.

Recoveries remain at 2,560 and deaths at 35.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20210507/vietnam-suspends-toptier-league-because-of-players-indirect-contact-with-covid19-patient/60785.html

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Veteran V. League coach passes away

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Veteran V. League coach passes away

Le Thuy Hai when he was still coaching. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong.


Le Thuy Hai, a three-time V. League winning coach, died of pancreatic cancer aged 76 on Friday.

Hai was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. In March, he had still met with Becamex Binh Duong coaching staff and players during their trip to Hanoi.

Binh Duong, managed by Hai five times, won the V. League title in 2007, 2008 and 2014, along with two National Cup crowns in 2008 and 2014.

“I watched every game of Binh Duong on TV. The club is forever in my heart. There would be no Le Thuy Hai without Binh Duong,” Hai said in March.

He also coached other clubs in Vietnam like SHB Da Nang, Thanh Hoa FC, and Hai Phong FC. He spent his last season at Thanh Hoa as technical director and head coach in 2016.

Hai played football from 1965 to 1980. He started his coaching career from 1995 as an assistant coach.

Besides his many triumphs, Hai is remembered for his strong personality and honesty.

“In my mind you are a strong, simple and filled with compassion. Whether loved or hated, everyone respects you,” former footballer Vu Nhu Thanh, Hai’s student, maintained.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/veteran-v-league-coach-passes-away-4274462.html

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