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Hue to have new museum about the Huong River

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A museum of ancient pottery will open at the end of this year in the central province of Thua Thien Hue. The museum will be filled with pieces collected by Vietnamese-born German Thai Kim Lan.

Hue to have new museum about the Huong River

Each artefact from the Huong River for Dr Thai Kim Lan has a cultural and historical trait. Photo Phan Thanh Hai

Over the past 30 years, Lan, Ph.D, has gone out of her way to collect more than 7,000 artefacts fished out of the Huong (Perfume) River, with the dream of setting up a museum to display the items.

“These artefacts reflect the history of the land,” said Lan. “They will tell stories enabling us to better understand the cultural and historical value of the land.”

The Huong River Museum is being set up at Lan’s ancestral temple on Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street, Huong Long Ward. 

Lan had the idea for the museum three years ago. She decided to set up the museum at the ancestral temple, turning this place into a cultural space that tells the story of the Huong River.

“Everyone will contemplate the Huong River first, then go inside to view the artefacts. They will understand and cherish the culture and history of the river,” she said.

Over 30 years of collecting items from the water, she said that there isn’t a river with such a dense layer of sediment.

There is evidence that some of the artefacts were from pre-historic times to the Champa period and Dai Viet culture onwards.

“All the artefacts have been researched,” said Dr Nguyen Anh Thu, an archaeologist from the Hanoi University of Culture’s Cultural Heritage Faculty. She was invited to assess and classify the items. 

“The thing to do is to select and display the artefacts so that visitors can visualise each stage of the Huong River.”

The artefacts will be divided into four groups of Tien Sa Huynh – Sa Huynh; Champa, Dai Viet and foreign pottery. 

“I think with such a display it reflects the history of ancient capital Hue,” said Thu. 

That collection also contains foreign ceramics showing that trade was thriving and the demand for imported ceramics for Hue’s aristocracy was enormous, according to Thu.

Hue to have new museum about the Huong River
Dr Thai Kim Lan’s ancestral temple is set up to become a museum. Photo Phan Thanh Hai

Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho said that he knew a lot of people dedicated to researching antiquities of the Huong River including Lan.

When learning she wanted to build the Huong River Museum, he was very supportive and hoped that the opening of the museum would create a cultural symbol for Hue.

“I believe that together with other museums, the Huong River Museum will be a lively destination in Hue,” said Chairman Tho.

“In the process, the local authorities will support and enable this museum to become an attraction and a site to publicise Hue.”

Lan and Thu are planning to compile a catalogue in different languages ​​to introduce and promote the museum. They expect to digitalise the museum in the future.

Source: Vietnam News

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With World Cup going well, Qatar determined to host 2036 Games

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DOHA — Qatar is determined to bring the 2036 Summer Olympic Games to Doha, according to a source familiar with the Olympic bidding process.

The success so far of the ongoing FIFA soccer World Cup has emboldened the Qataris and strengthened their resolve to host the Olympics.

No timeframe has been announced by the International Olympic Committee on when it plans to award the 2036 sports extravaganza.

Were the Games to go to Doha it would be the first to be staged in a Muslim country.

Qatar failed to make the cut for the shortlist for both the 2016 and 2020 Games, partly due to concerns over the summer temperatures in the desert state, with those Games ending up in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

It is expected Qatar would push to move any Olympics later in the year, like it has done with the World Cup, and the Gulf state has made use of advanced air-conditioning systems in stadiums to mitigate the heat for the football.

Doha staged the World Athletics Championships in 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium, from late September to early October.

The IOC has revamped the process for awarding the Games since then, changing from a traditional bidding process to selecting a preferred candidate from interested cities.

Brisbane 2032 were the first Games to be awarded using this method.

Infrastructure ready

With the Games going to Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and then Brisbane, a bid from Qatar might be expected to be received warmly if the IOC were to rotate continents, although the IOC said in October it was in preliminary discussions with 10 cities.

Countries who have expressed an interest in staging the 2036 Games include India, Indonesia and South Korea. Germany is also considering whether to launch another Olympic bid despite strong domestic opposition to the Olympics.

Qatar will feel in a very strong position, one source told Reuters. “The success so far of this World Cup puts Qatar in a strong position – they have shown they can do this… it is a proof of concept.

“They hosted the Asian Games in 2006; and will be hosting them again in 2030.

“All of the infrastructure is here – the stadiums, the metro, the new airport.”

The Qatar Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Qatar built seven of the eight World Cup stadiums from scratch, but it will struggle to find regular use for all of them. The Olympics would be seen as a natural fit given the extended infrastructure upgrade of the country.

Gas-rich Qatar, in an attempt to emulate the dramatic transformation of Gulf rivals Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has spent at least $229 billion on infrastructure in the 11 years since winning the bid to host the World Cup, and now boasts a gleaming new subway system as well as state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Much of the work was planned independently as Qatar pushes to diversify its non-energy economy, with ambitions to become a regional business hub and to triple tourist numbers to 6 million a year by 2030, a government official told Reuters earlier this year.

As one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers, Qatar has become one of the wealthiest nations per capita with a population of a little over 3 million, of which 85% are expatriates.

DOHA — Qatar is determined to bring the 2036 Summer Olympic Games to Doha, according to a source familiar with the Olympic bidding process.

The success so far of the ongoing FIFA soccer World Cup has emboldened the Qataris and strengthened their resolve to host the Olympics.

No timeframe has been announced by the International Olympic Committee on when it plans to award the 2036 sports extravaganza.

Were the Games to go to Doha it would be the first to be staged in a Muslim country.

Qatar failed to make the cut for the shortlist for both the 2016 and 2020 Games, partly due to concerns over the summer temperatures in the desert state, with those Games ending up in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

It is expected Qatar would push to move any Olympics later in the year, like it has done with the World Cup, and the Gulf state has made use of advanced air-conditioning systems in stadiums to mitigate the heat for the football.

Doha staged the World Athletics Championships in 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium, from late September to early October.

The IOC has revamped the process for awarding the Games since then, changing from a traditional bidding process to selecting a preferred candidate from interested cities.

Brisbane 2032 were the first Games to be awarded using this method.

Infrastructure ready

With the Games going to Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and then Brisbane, a bid from Qatar might be expected to be received warmly if the IOC were to rotate continents, although the IOC said in October it was in preliminary discussions with 10 cities.

Countries who have expressed an interest in staging the 2036 Games include India, Indonesia and South Korea. Germany is also considering whether to launch another Olympic bid despite strong domestic opposition to the Olympics.

Qatar will feel in a very strong position, one source told Reuters. “The success so far of this World Cup puts Qatar in a strong position – they have shown they can do this… it is a proof of concept.

“They hosted the Asian Games in 2006; and will be hosting them again in 2030.

“All of the infrastructure is here – the stadiums, the metro, the new airport.”

The Qatar Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Qatar built seven of the eight World Cup stadiums from scratch, but it will struggle to find regular use for all of them. The Olympics would be seen as a natural fit given the extended infrastructure upgrade of the country.

Gas-rich Qatar, in an attempt to emulate the dramatic transformation of Gulf rivals Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has spent at least $229 billion on infrastructure in the 11 years since winning the bid to host the World Cup, and now boasts a gleaming new subway system as well as state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Much of the work was planned independently as Qatar pushes to diversify its non-energy economy, with ambitions to become a regional business hub and to triple tourist numbers to 6 million a year by 2030, a government official told Reuters earlier this year.

As one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers, Qatar has become one of the wealthiest nations per capita with a population of a little over 3 million, of which 85% are expatriates.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221203/with-world-cup-going-well-qatar-determined-to-host-2036-games/70323.html

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Hà Nội dominates karate medals tally at NSG

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Athletes compete in karate competition at the ninth NSG in Ninh Bình Province. VNA/VNS Photo 

NINH BÌNH — Hà Nội won top place at the ninth National Sports Games’ karate competition which wrapped up on November 30 in Ninh Bình Province.

The Hanoian fighters secured four golds, four silvers and five bronze medals, overcoming the last Games’ winning team, the Military, in the medal tally. 

In the last day, Hà Nội advanced to the finals of all three team events of kumite and won two titles.

The Military finished second with two golds, three silvers and two bronzes. Đồng Tháp were third with two golds, three silvers and one bronze.

Karate lured a large number of competitors, just behind football, futsal and athletics, at this NSG.

Nearly 400 athletes from 39 teams took part in the five-day tournament, 50 per cent more than at the 2018 Games.

Remarkably, there were some teams, such as Gia Lai and Đà Nẵng, that pocketed their first ever NSG golds, proving the development of martial arts in the country, according to organisers.

“In this NSG, teams have prepared well. Athletes received strong support to improve their technique. The final result showed in the quality of all teams,” said Vũ Sơn Hà of the Karate Department of the Việt Nam Sports Administration. “Organisers ensured fairness and accuracy for the tournament as we installed more cameras to supervise better and invited international referees to officiate matches.” 

“We have also found new faces for the national team who will compete in international events,” he said. – VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/ha-noi-dominates-karate-medals-tally-at-nsg_339779.html

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Quảng Ninh divers bag gold, bronze

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National Sports Games

Phương Thế Anh and Nguyễn Phương Anh of Quảng Ninh earned the top podium of the mixed double synchronised 3m springboard event. Photo baoquangninh.com.vn

QUẢNG NINH — Host Quảng Ninh pocketed one gold and one silver in diving at the National Sports Games on November 30.

In the third day of activities, duo Phương Thế Anh and Nguyễn Phương Anh took the top position in the mixed double synchronised 3m springboard event.

They were followed by pairs from HCM City and Hải Phòng.

It was Quảng Ninh’s second diving gold. On November 28, the duo triumphed in the team event.

Earlier on November 30, Phương Anh finished third in the women’s individual platform event. She stood below Ngô Phương Mai and Bùi Thị Hồng Giang of Hà Nội.

Phương Anh also claimed a bronze in the women’s individual 1m springboard while Thế Anh earned a silver in the men’s individual 1m springboard.

In the last day on December 1, Quảng Ninh athletes will compete in the mixed double platform and women’s individual 3m springboard at the provincial Sports Centre’s Water Sports Palace. — VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/quang-ninh-divers-bag-gold-bronze_339721.html

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