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Olympic target slipping away as Games approach

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Asian 400m champion Quách Thị Lan competes in the 30th SEA Games in 2019 in the Philippines. Lan is waiting for tournaments to secure her slot in the Olympics in Tokyo this July. Photo nld.com.vn

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HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese athletes have only secured a quarter of the 20 qualification slots that sports bosses are aiming for at the Tokyo Olympics and with just four months left until the Games, the heat is on.

The country fielded a squad of 23 athletes, nine men and 14 women, in 10 sports at the Rio de Janeiro version in 2016, when marksman Hoàng Xuân Vinh brought the country’s first gold medal and a silver medal home.

Reaching 20 qualifiers this time around has been tough for many reasons, but perhaps the biggest obstacle has been the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Trần Đức Phấn, deputy head of the National Sports Administration (VSA), the plans for all teams have been totally changed, leading to great challenges.

Training camps abroad and qualification tournaments have been cancelled or postponed. Even domestic training has been affected as foreign experts could not enter Việt Nam.

The lack of competition has led to poor results despite athletes best efforts.

The failure of the shooting team on the weekend was foreseeable due to these factors.

After Vinh’s success, the marksman was expected to qualify for Tokyo. But the Olympic champion could not maintain his form and his teammates on Saturday could not live up to his high standards and fell short of Olympic qualification.

“We are really worried at the moment because we don’t know if there are any tournaments held in the coming months or not,” said Dương Đức Thuỷ, head of the Administration’s Athletics Department.

“We just have the last chance at the world championship in Poland this May after many events have been killed due to COVID-19. The pandemic also creates problems with visa procedures and flight plans, and to date, we have not received a competition invitation from the organisers yet,” said Thủy.

Thủy, who had two representatives competing in three events at the last Olmypics, said the Olympics dreams of Vietnamese athletics looked far away.

There are higher hopes for the gymnastics team at the Asian championship in China in June.

“There are only two slots available at this event. Our hope is on Đinh Phương Thành, who won parallel bar gold medal at the Hungarian World Cup in 2016, he will face big obstacles there,” said coach Trương Minh Sang.

Meanwhile, Vũ Thành An is a promising fencer and is preparing for the Asian tournament in South Korea next month.

“An could not compete in tournaments to collect enough points to qualify for the Olympics. His last chance is the South Korean event which is a qualifier. A loss there means no Vietnamese fencer in Tokyo,” said Phùng Lê Quang, head of the Fencing Department.

Việt Nam had four fencers competing in Rio 2016.

Swimmers Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên and Hoàng Quý Phước will have a chance to secure their slots in the National Age Groups Swimming Championship in May as the domestic tournament is an Olympic qualifier. If successful, Viên will compete in her third Olympics while Phước will swim for the second time.

The weightlifting team have three athletes, Thạch Kim Tuấn, Hoàng Thị Duyên and Vương Thị Huyền, in with a shot at Olympic slots thanks to their high positions in the world rankings.

They will take part in the Asian championship in Uzbekistan in April to strengthen their cases.

However, the whole squad are nervously waiting for the International Weightlifting Federation’s final decision on an Olympic ban for Việt Nam after the country’s four doping violations in 2019 and 2020.

Tuấn and Huyền were among four Vietnamese weightlifters who competed in Brazil five years ago.

Vietnamese wrestlers and martial artists are also in with a shot of qualifying.

“They (wrestlers and martial artists) can vie for high position in qualification rounds. The importance is how well they have prepared, and follow tactics during competitions. The winner is the one who combines everything best,” said Hoàng Quốc Vinh, head of VSA’s Elite Sports 1 Department.

“Currently, international federations have restarted their tournaments. Wrestling will have Olympic qualifiers in Kazakhstan and taekwondo will come to the South Korean Asian championship, in April; judo will leave for Hungary world championship in May and karate will head to a qualifying event in France in June,” said Vinh.

The five athletes already qualified for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Games are swimmer Nguyễn Huy Hoàng, gymnast Lê Thanh Tùng, boxer Nguyễn Văn Đương and archers Đỗ Thị Ánh Nguyệt and Nguyễn Hoàng Phi Vũ.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/910463/olympic-target-slipping-away-as-games-approach.html

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Vietnam football squad suffer training injuries

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Vietnam football squad suffer training injuries

Nguyen Quang Hai has a muscle problem during a training session of the national football team on May 17, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Some key players of the national football team have suffered injuries while training for the upcoming World Cup Asian qualifiers.

Midfielder Luong Xuan Truong had a problem with his ankle during a match in training on May 11. He is expected to return after a week. He will train with the doctor of the national team Choi Ju-young for faster recovery.

Attacking midfieder Nguyen Hoang Duc has suffered a more serious injury, damaging his left instep after receiving a tackle during training on Saturday. It will take him longer to return to training.

In the latest training session on Monday, key midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai showed a distinct lack of tamina. After checking on the 24-year-old, Dr. Choi said Hai has muscle fatigue and he will need to rest to avoid injuries.

But coach Park Hang-seo has also had some good news. Three injured players, leftback Doan Van Hau, rightback Nguyen Trong Hoang and fullback Le Van Xuan have returned to training. These athletes haven’t played for a long time, so they will try and regain their form quickly.

Three other players– goalkeeper Nguyen Van Hoang, defender Pham Xuan Manh and forward Phan Van Duc – have also joined the national team after finishing their quarantine. Earlier this month, they’d had indirect contact with a Covid-19 case in their club, Song Lam Nghe An.

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Vietnam football squad suffer training injuries

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Vietnam football squad train in Hanoi on May 16, 2021.

After each training session, Dr. Choi and the medical team will check on all players and evaluate their condition then report to coach Park. This will help players stay fit and avoid unwanted problems. They have been maintaining a tight schedule with the V. League for the past few months and need a proper routine of training and resting to preserve stamina, officials have said.

The national team have been in training since May 7 with the frequency of one session a day. Towards the end of May, coach Park will select 27 from a shortlist of 37 players for the World Cup qualifiers in the UAE. Goalkeeper Dang Van Lam will fly to the UAE from Japan.

The Golden Dragons will play a friendly against Jordan on May 31. The team will play their World Cup qualifers against Indonesia on June 7, Malaysia on June 11 and the UAE on June 15. Vietnam currently top group G with 11 points. Six points out of three games will see the team advancing to the last round of World Cup qualifers for the first time in history.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-football-squad-suffer-training-injuries-4280344.html

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Vietnam defeat Iraq in preparation for FIFA Futsal World Cup play-off

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Vietnam staged a comeback to beat Iraq 2-1 in a friendly game in the UAE on Monday night in their preparation for the play-off to win a ticket to the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

The game took place behind closed doors and without media coverage.

According to Tran Anh Tu, a standing member of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), who is also head of the Vietnamese futsal delegation to the UAE, Iraq mainly defended and counterattacked in the first half.

Vietnam dominated the game and created a lot of chances.

However, a mistake in the Vietnamese defense line lent the Iraqis a chance to score the opening goal. 

But before the end of the first half, Pham Duc Hoa managed to net the equalizer for Vietnam after several misses.

In the second half, although Iraq organized more attacks, Vietnam still controlled the game before raising the goal difference to 2-1 in the 35th minute, when Dac Huy headed home after Chau Doan Phat’s shot bounced off.

The score remained unchanged until the referee blew the whistle to end play.

The 2-1 victory uplifted the entire Vietnamese national men’s futsal team, according to Tu.

“The match against Iraq certainly helped the coaching staff learn a lot of experience and point out things they need to overcome before playing the official matches against Lebanon,” Tu said, referring to the two-legged play-off comprising two games at 10:00 pm on May 23 and May 25 (Vietnam time).

The goal of the Vietnamese national futsal team is to win a ticket to the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the second time, after the first one in 2016 in Colombia. 

At the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, Vietnam not only unexpectedly made it to the finals, but also played jubilantly and reached the Round of 16.

The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup will be held in Lithuania from September 12 to October 13 this year.

The quadrennial international futsal championship was originally scheduled to run from September 12 to October 4, 2020 as the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup, but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together with Lithuania who qualify automatically as hosts, 23 other teams from six separate continental competitions will compete in the final tournament.

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Khanh Van’s impressive outfits at Miss Universe 2020

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Reviewing the journey of Miss Universe Vietnam Nguyen Tran Khanh Van at Miss Universe 2020 pageant through her most impressive costumes.

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Khanh Van quickly impressed the audience and the media with her diverse and outstanding fashion style. She appeared at the airport with this outfit – a dark red knitted vest combined with a trendy short, mixed with bags and suitcases of similar colors.
Thời trang ấn tượng của Khánh Vân tại Miss Universe 2020
Khanh Van prepared up to 15 pieces of luggage and nearly 200 dresses, from gorgeous evening designs to youthful streetwear.
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This outfit is inspired by the water lily of Dong Thap Muoi region, associated with life in Southwest of Vietnam.
Thời trang ấn tượng của Khánh Vân tại Miss Universe 2020
Khanh Van wrote on her personal page: “Bringing Vietnamese beauty and culture to Miss Universe”. This outfit is inspired by the terraced fields of Vietnam.

Thời trang ấn tượng của Khánh Vân tại Miss Universe 2020

According to a beauty site, Khanh Van ranked first for having the most beautiful outfits, followed by the representatives of Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Thailand.

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Khanh Van, 26, stands at 1.76 metres tall and measures 83-61-95. She was previously crowned as Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, thereby winning the right to represent the country at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant.

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She had arrived in the US on May 2 and competed alongside 73 contestants from around the world over a two-week period in several different events as part of the pageant, including the national costume, evening gown, and swimsuit sub-contests, in addition to the semi-final night.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/khanh-van-s-impressive-outfits-at-miss-universe-2020-737468.html

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