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New Viettel coach confident ahead of AFC Cup

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Viettel players train in HCM City ahead of their opening AFC Cup game against Young Elephants. Photo courtesy of Viettel FC

HÀ NỘI — Coach Bae Ji-won is confident his Viettel side can get off to a winning start to their AFC Cup campaign, despite only being in charge for a few weeks. 

The former Vietnamese national champions will play Young Elephants of Laos today in a Group I fixture at the Thống Nhất Stadium in HCM City.

Bae was assigned to lead the team at the continental tournament after head coach Trương Việt Hoàng asked for a rest.

“I am under no pressure because I have worked with the team for long period. We understand each other on and off the field,” Bae said at the press conference yesterday.

“I believe that I can help my players earn good results from this competition,” said Bae, who signed a contract with Viettel as a fitness coach in January.

“We are well prepared and we are set to advance to the next round. A good result here will be a strong push for us to compete at the V.League 1’s second period (early next month),” said Bae, who is a former assistant coach to the Việt Nam national football team.

In the Asian Cup matches, Viettel will welcome back young players such as Nguyễn Thanh Bình, Nhâm Mạnh Dũng and Trần Danh Trung, who just won the SEA Games 31 gold medal and grabbed remarkable results from the AFC U23 Asian Cup.

Other potential stars like Nguyễn Hữu Thắng, Nguyễn Xuân Kiên and Trương Tiến Anh are expected to shine along, with the veteran teammates Nguyễn Hoàng Đức and Hồ Khắc Ngọc, as well as foreign players Geovane Magno and Pedro Paulo Alves Vieira Dos Reis.

“I will have plans for different matches. Every player will have the opportunity to compete. Young players will get a chance to show their talent,” said Bae, who confirmed his skipper Bùi Tiến Dũng will be absent because of injury.

“He suffered a complicated knee problem and will be out for a long time. However, we have substitutes in his place and they will do the job well.”

Bae said he had no information about Young Elephants, but it is not really important because the Lao team would not know clearly about his team. Viettel will focus on their playing style and players should follow the tactics.

On the visiting side, coach Satya Sagara said he did not hear about Viettel’s coaching change or injured captain, but will keep his eye on midfielder Hoàng Đức, a national team player, who was highlighted by the AFC recently.

Sagara said it was the Elephants’ first time at the continental tournament so the key task is to gain experience and play for Laos’ pride.

Young Elephants are the leading football club in Laos, contributing 80 per cent of players in the national team. They have signed a contract with striker Aee Soe of Myanmar, midfielder Lucas Paulista of Brazil and two Japanese players, midfielder Shori Murata and forward Ryota Yanagizono.

In the Lao League 2022, Young Elephants are enjoying an unbeaten streak of seven wins and two draws. They have scored 21 goals while conceding only three.

Viettel vs Young Elephants will kick off at 5 pm with ticket prices at VNĐ100,000-200,000 (US$4.30-8.60) each.

The other teams in the group are Phnom Penh Crown of Cambodia and Hougang United of Singapore. Their match will be held at 9 pm, also at Thống Nhất.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1252845/new-viettel-coach-confident-ahead-of-afc-cup.html

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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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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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