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Hà Nội venues ready to host the 31st SEA Games

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The Long Biên Gymnasium in Hà Nội is ready for the 31st SEA Games. — VNA/ Photo Minh Quyết

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HÀ NỘI   With only a few days to go until the opening ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the capital city and 11 localities in neighbouring provinces, are ready to welcome both athletes and crowds from across the region. 

The 3×3 and 5×5 basketball competitions will take place at the Thanh Trì Gymnasium, as Việt Nam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore battle it out for gold. 

Preparations for the Games have been completed, including decorations along main roads and competition locations, creating a bustling and exciting atmosphere for the big event, which will officially take place between May 12-23.

The Long Biên Gymnasium has readied facilities for the Games, meeting the requirements of the organising committee. The gymnasium has a capacity of 300 seats and will host dancesport on May 15-16.

The multi-purpose gymnasium in Đan Phượng suburban district will be the venue for jujitsu on May 14 -15. Many of the Games’ activities have been organised in Đan Phượng.

The Đan Phượng Gymnasium competition floor has been renovated, repaired and equipped with lighting systems and air conditioners. Refreshment facilities inside and outside the gymnasium have also been refurbished. In addition, 14 functional rooms have been built at the request of the Games’ organising committee.

The Director of the Centre for Culture, Information and Sports in Đan Phượng, Bùi Thị Quyên, said to prepare for the regional biggest sports event, many activities were held at the gymnasium to test its operational capacity.

Sóc Sơn District will not only host the vovinam event but also the sports delegations before they arrive for competitions. Therefore, security in the area and at Nội Bài International Airport has been heightened.

Hosting the wushu competition, the gymnasium in Cầu Giấy District has been upgraded to meet international competition standards. 

As planned, wushu martial artists will compete on May 12-15 for 21 medals. The goal of the Vietnamese team is to win at least three golds.

The sports authority of Cầu Giấy said that the gymnasium is a spacious, airy and modern area. It has many functional rooms, including VIP, referee, conference and medical rooms. It is often selected as the venue for large-scale sports, cultural and artistic activities in the city. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1189107/ha-noi-venues-ready-to-host-the-31st-sea-games.html

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Thai judokas take top spot in mixed event

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Nguyễn Ngọc Diễm Phương (in white) competes with Myat Neo Wai Chu of Myanmar in the mixed event at the SEA Games 31 on May 22. VNA/ Photo Quang Quyết

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HÀ NỘI — The Thai judokas brought home the gold medal in the mixed event on May 22.

The event was held at Hoài Đức Gymnasium in Hà Nội.

In the final, Thailand competed with Indonesia with six pairs of athletes in six weight classes. Thailand defeated Indonesia 4-2 to take the gold.

The Indonesian team won silver.

The bronze medal went to Việt Nam as they defeated Myanmar 4-2. The Vietnamese team had Hà Thị Nga competing in the women’s +70kg category, Nguyễn Châu Hoàng Lân in the men’s +90kg, Nguyễn Ngọc Diễm Phương in the women -57kg, Nguyễn Hải Bá in the men’s -73kg, Nguyễn Thị Hường in the women’s -70 kg and Lê Anh Tài in the men’s -90kg.

Although it rained heavily, many fans came to the gymnasium to cheer for the martial artists.

After five days of competition, Việt Nam topped the team’s rankings with nine gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

Head Coach of the Vietnamese judo team Nguyễn Duy Khanh expressed his satisfaction with the efforts and results of the Vietnamese team. After the SEA Games, the athletes will prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1204162/thai-judokas-take-top-spot-in-mixed-event.html

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Historical play on President Hồ Chí Minh released

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The image of Uncle Hồ was depicted faithfully in the play “The 72nd Letter”.  — Photo courtesy of Lệ Ngọc Theatre

HÀ NỘI — The newly premiered play ‘Lá đơn thứ 72′ at Lệ Ngọc Theatre evoked strong emotions in the audience due to its accurate depiction of President Hồ Chí Minh, who always fought for the underprivileged.

Hoàng Thanh Du, the play’s author, said that it was based on real documents of lawyer Nguyễn Trọng Tỵ,  former Judge of the Supreme People’s Court, who helped clarify many wrongful conviction cases.

Lá đơn thứ 72′ (The 72nd Letter) tells the story of Đỗ Minh, a Party member and former local official who was sentenced to eight years in prison for murder.

To prove his innocence, Minh penned a series of letters pleading for help while in prison. After 72 consecutive letters, his request reached President Hồ Chí Minh.

Uncle Hồ then sought a re-investigation of this case after noticing Minh’s compliance with prison regulations and his practice of setting aside a small amount of money to pay the Party fee.

He believes that for a Party member with such strong faith in the Party, his sentence may be unjust.

People’s Artist Lê Tiến Thọ, who participated in the staging of the play, said that this is one of the theatre’s best scripts depicting President Hồ.

The creative team faced a significant task, in his opinion, in conveying the message to follow Hồ Chí Minh’s thought, morality and lifestyle on stage.

“We try to set up the stage, get the sound, light, actors’ performances, and artists’ language to work together so that the audience, especially young people, can enjoy this play. Hopefully, it will be a special theatrical work to celebrate the 132nd anniversary of President Hồ Chí Minh’s birthday,” Thọ said.

People’s Artist Vương Duy Biên said when reviewed the screenplay, he envisioned a tranquil Hà Nội from previous decades on the stage.

Biên added that he was touched when he read documents about Uncle Hồ’s trips and will aim to faithfully portray Hồ Chí Minh on stage.

In addition to ‘Lá đơn thứ 72′, Lệ Ngọc Theatre also staged a new play named ‘Truyền tích Chùa Một Cột’ (The Legend of One Pillar Pagoda).

It’s a play of history and mystery, written with the aim that the young generation can appreciate this unique heritage more.

The drama recreates the Lý dynasty’s golden era through the story of the One Pillar Pagoda’s foundation.

The image of King Lý Thái Tông, the second king of the Lý dynasty, stands out. He thought that the country and its people should be ruled with humanity in mind.

The show also helps people learn more about the One Pillar Pagoda, which is a unique symbol of Buddhist culture in Việt Nam.

With intricate staging, fascinating scripts, and captivating plots, the two theatrical pieces are certain to evoke unforgettable feelings in the audience. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/historical-play-on-president-ho-chi-minhreleased_334038.html

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PM congratulates Vietnamese women’s football team

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Vietnamese players celebrate their victory. VNA/ Photo

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HÀ NỘI — State leaders have congratulated the Vietnamese women’s football team on winning the gold medal on May 21.

President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc praised Huỳnh Như and her teammates for their successful competition, which brought endless joy to fans throughout the country. President Phúc also praised coach Mai Đức Chung, the coaching staff, and the players for their accomplishments.

He thanked the sports fans for bringing the love of sport and national pride together at Cẩm Phả Stadium and across the nation, creating spiritual strength for the “female warriors” to go through each match, especially the final, to bring glory to the country, and pride for Vietnamese women’s football.

Shortly after the final match, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính sent a letter of congratulations to the Vietnamese women’s soccer team.

PM Chính expressed his delight that the players successfully defended their top place at the SEA Games for the seventh time. 

“With courage, determination, and intelligence, the women’s football team once again shone and contributed an outstanding gold medal to the 391 SEA Games medals of the Việt Nam delegation,” he wrote. 

PM Chính congratulated the women’s football team on their victory and emphasised that it would inspire the Vietnamese sports delegation to be more determined and succeed in upcoming competitions.

After the final match, the players also received congratulations from National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ through the President of Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) Trần Quốc Tuấn.

According to Tuấn, the VFF decided to award VNĐ2 billion (US$86,000) to the Vietnamese women’s team following their final match. He stated that it was a miracle accomplished by Vietnamese players under the intelligent direction of head coach Mai Đức Chung.

In addition, Quảng Ninh Province also awarded the players VNĐ1 billion, Tuần Châu Group and Thanh Niên Newspaper awarded VNĐ1 billion, TTP Coal Corporation gave them VNĐ500 million in rewards, and the SEA Games Organising Committee offered a bonus of VNĐ100 million for their efforts.

Notably, FE Credit Company also decided to award VNĐ3 billion to the team.

The total reward for the Vietnamese women’s football team for the final night has reached VNĐ7.6 billion ($328,000). —  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1204154/pm-congratulates-vietnamese-womens-football-team.html

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