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National team players to face draining 2021 run

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National team players to face draining 2021 run

Vietnam (R) play the UAE at the World Cup qualifiers on June 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Multiple domestic and international tournaments will exhaust national team players in the last months of 2021.

After passing the second round of World Cup qualifiers for the first time in history, the national team will have nearly three months to prepare before the third round begins in September. However, during that time gap, the players will continue to partake in domestic and international club tournaments. Many key players of the national team representing Viettel FC and Hanoi FC will go overseas to play the group stage of AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, set to complete by mid-July.

When the players return to Vietnam, they will continue the second phase of V. League from late July to late August. Then, without any rest, they will gather with the national team to prepare for the third World Cup qualifying round that will start on Sept. 2. But that’s not all. After six games of World Cup qualifiers, the players will begin their journey to defend their AFF Cup title, which is set to take place from Dec. 5 to 31.

Therefore, by calculation, national team players might have to play around 18 to 23 matches from late July until this year ends, which will squeeze their stamina to the last drop.

With such a tight schedule, the players can get injured and exhausted, which will directly affect tournament results as well as the goals of Vietnamese football this year. This is a make-or-break situation for the national team, so to ensure the best conditions for players, medical and nutritional care is crucial in keeping the players healthy and charged for the long run. To do that, coordination between clubs and the national team is key.

The pressure on head coach Park Hang-seo will be huge as well. Because aside from the World Cup qualifiers and AFF Cup, he will also have to coach the U22 team at SEA Games 31 to defend their 2019 gold medal.

One suggestion would be sending the national team to compete in the World Cup qualifiers, while the U23 team plus two experienced players play AFF Cup and SEA Games 31. That way, the workload will be reduced for the national team and young players will have the opportunity to gain more international experience.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/national-team-players-to-face-draining-2021-run-4298610.html

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

The Vietnam national futsal team that played Iraq in a friendly on May 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.


The Vietnam national futsal team has moved up one place in the August update of FIFA futsal world ranking.

After beating Lebanon in the World Cup qualification playoffs in late May and claiming a ticket to Futsal World Cup 2021, Vietnam climbed from 44th to 43rd on the FIFA futsal world ranking. In the August update, only Vietnam and Japan improved their positions in Asia.

The top three positions in the world remained unchanged, with Spain first, followed by Brazil and Argentina. In Asia, Iran continued to lead, followed by Kazakhstan and Japan.

The national team has started training since late July. They are set to fly to Spain on Aug. 25 to participate in a friendly tournament with hosts Spain, Japan and Guatemala. They will play another exhibition match with Morocco on Sept. 6, before entering Futsal World Cup, held in Lithuania between Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

At Futsal World Cup, Vietnam are grouped with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Panama. The team will play their first game against Brazil on Sept. 13, then Panama on the 16th, and the Czech Republic on the 19th.

This is the second time Vietnam qualified for the event, after the first in 2016.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-ascend-fifa-futsal-world-ranking-4336202.html

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Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages

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Youngsters have displayed their creativeness in making videos to outline the Vietnamese cultural values and the beauty of Vietnamese women in traditional craft villages across the nation.

Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
A scene from the top prize winner “My Nghiep Cham Brocade Village (Ninh Thuan)” by Champasix. (Screenshot capture)

They participated in a video making contest themed “Vietnamese women and craft villages”, which was launched by the Empower Women Asia (EWA) project under the NGO Keep It Beautiful Vietnam (KIBV), to honour the women in traditional craft villages together with their efforts to preserve the national cultural values in the modern society.

The contest was held from May to July 2021 through the creation of photos/videos with a duration of 3-5 minutes, carrying the message of promoting and preserving traditional craft villages, while honouring the beauty of the simple, rustic labour of Vietnamese women in general and ethnic minority women in particular in such traditional craft villages.

Taking place mainly on the Facebook channel of the EWA, the contest has attracted many young people at home and abroad, bringing unique and new perspectives on traditional craft villages to the masses nationally and internationally.

After only two months, the organisers received hundreds of entries with diverse and unique content. Through their creative products, young people have reflected the true image of sincere and rustic women in traditional craft villages, evoking their love for their homeland and national pride, while showing their respect and desire to promote the core and long-standing cultural values of the nation.

Among 11 outstanding entries to the final round, a jury of famous journalists, editors, travel bloggers and photographers selected four best works for awards, in which the first prize came to the video “My Nghiep Cham Brocade Village (Ninh Thuan)” by Champasix; the “Crab noodle making village (Hai Phong)” by Nguyen Thanh Loan won the second prize; and two third prizes went to videos “Chang Son Fan Village (Hanoi)” by GEN and “Chuong Hat Village (Hanoi)” by Jelly Potatoes. In addition, the most favoured video award went to “Thach Xa Bamboo Dragonfly Village (Hanoi)” by Le.Morq.

The contest also received the companionship of famous speakers, designers, art activists and influential faces in the public to jointly spread the nation’s traditional cultural features to the community.

It is expected to raise the community’s understanding and respect for traditional craft villages, thereby spreading the message of preserving the quintessence and traditions of the nation, as well as respecting and promoting the nation’s cultural values through the skilful hands of village women in simple, rustic daily labour.

Let’s admire the beauty of the labour of women in traditional villages through the excellent works that won the contest’s top prizes:

Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages

Empower Women Asia (EWA) aims to foster the ethnic minority women and girls in the weaving villages of Vietnam to improve their skills, knowledge, and competitive advantages in producing sustainable textile products, creating opportunities to enhance the living standard and secure stable income. This year, EWA is coming back with the theme “Weaving dreams by the handlooms”, which carries hopes and high aspirations toward spreading the beautiful image of mothers and sisters sitting by the looms, weaving their colourful dreams.

Source: Nhan Dan

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Vietnamese delegation returns home empty-handed from Tokyo Olympics

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The Vietnamese delegation to the Tokyo Olympics has left the Games without a medal of any kind as its athletes had an unsuccessful campaign compared to other Southeast Asian friends.

Among other regional representatives, Indonesia took home five medals, the Philippines won two, Thailand and Malaysia secured one each, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese athletes were eliminated from all of their events before gradually making their way home while the Games have yet to be concluded.

All medal hopefuls fail

Vietnam had a total of 18 official and honor tickets to compete in 11 sports at the Tokyo Olympics, which began on July 23 and will close on August 8, after being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team had set a target to win a medal at the global competition.

However, that modest goal was missed as all of its medal hopefuls had unsuccessful performances, making it the first time that the country has left an Olympics empty-handed since 2004.

In track and field, all eyes were on Quach Thi Lan as she was the only Southeast Asian representative who made it to the women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals with a result of 55.71 seconds in the qualifying round.

However, Lan’s performance worsened in the semifinals, given the undesirable weather.

The result of 56.78 seconds was pale in comparison with runners from other strong teams and could not help the Vietnamese athlete progress to the finals.

In badminton, Nguyen Thi Linh and veteran Nguyen Tien Minh both stopped in the qualification round.

Linh beat two stronger competitors from France and Switzerland, but was defeated by the world number one, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, while 38-year-old Minh lost both of his matches.

Vietnamese runner Quach Thi Lan (center) competes in the 400-meter hurdles of Tokyo Olympics on July 31, 2021. Photo: Reuters
Vietnamese runner Quach Thi Lan (center) competes in the 400-meter hurdles category at the Tokyo Olympics on July 31, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Hoang Thi Duyen also missed the most promising opportunity in the women’s 59-kilogram weightlifting event.

Duyen’s failure came as a surprise to spectators as she was anticipated to win a silver medal by the Associated Press.

Her teammate, Thach Kim Tuan, who was also hopeful for a bronze medal, failed in all of his three attempts in the men’s 61-kilogram category.

Vietnam’s hopes in martial arts were dashed as judo fighter Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy and boxer Nguyen Thi Tam both lost their first match while Taekwondo fighter Truong Thi Kim Tuyen and boxer Nguyen Van Duong won their first matches, but lost their second.

Even the biggest medal hopefuls, shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh, who captured the men’s 10-meter air pistol gold medal and the 50-meter pistol silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and national-record holding swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, were eliminated after the qualification rounds.

Vietnamese athletes in other sports, including rowing, gymnastics, and archery, could not produce any surprise either.

Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Thi Linh competes at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Thu Sam / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Thi Linh competes at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Thu Sam / Tuoi Tre

Regional achievements tell nothing

The zero medal run at the Tokyo Olympics has proved that the achievements at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, where Vietnam has always been among the top leaders of the medal tally, unnecessarily reflect the development of sports in the country as well as its peers in the region.

Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines won a total of 41, 30, 28, and 19 slots to the Olympic Games in Japan — all higher than Vietnam’s 18 tickets.

From the 2016 Olympics and earlier, Thailand had also won a total of 33 medals, including nine gold medals, while Indonesia had garnered a combined number of 32 medals, with seven of them being gold.

Thailand claimed its first medal at the 1976 Olympics, while Indonesia did so at the 1998 Games. 

Vietnam has secured only five Olympic medals so far, including one gold, three silvers, and one bronze, with the first-ever medal taken home by taekwondo fighter Tran Hieu Ngan at the 2000 Olymlic Games in Sydney.

In contrast to the Olympic results, the Philippines ranked first with 149 gold medals, Vietnam was the runner-up with 98 gold medals, Thailand followed in third with 92 gold medals, Indonesia placed fourth with 72 gold medals, and Malaysia finished fifth with 55 gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games.

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