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Pencak silat combat event kicks-off



Vietnamese fighter Vũ Văn Kiên (right) deals a blow on Singapore’s Muhammad Hazim Bin Mohamad Yusli in the men’s team tanding (combat) 55-60kg weight category on May 13. Singapore won 3-0. VNA/ Photo Quang Quyết 

Hoài Nam

HÀ NỘI — The men’s Vietnamese pencak sila team began their tanding (combat) event in the North Từ Liêm sporting centre in Hà Nội on May 13.

The team earned wins over the Philippines and Indonesia in the men’s 55-60kg weight category quarter-final team event but suffered a loss to Singapore.

The Malaysia team had a good start day beating Laos, Thailand and the Philippines.

Indonesia had two wins over Singapore and the Philippines, while Thailand tasted only one win over Singapore.

Tough opponents Indonesia, Malaysia and Việt Nam will do their best to win every match for the gold medal at the region’s biggest sporting event.

Iqbal Abdul Rahman, who won the first gold medal for Singapore in the pencak silat seni event on May 12, said he had won the world championship in 2018, but the gold medal of the SEA Games 31 was his first ever after six times competing in the Games.

Head coach of the Việt Nam team, Nguyễn Văn Hùng, said pencak silat had become tougher as regional countries had made a big investment in the sport.

He said the difference among countries had narrowed, and winning a gold medal was not as easy as before.

Pencak Silat martial artists compete for 16 medal sets, including 11 men’s and five women’s in both seni (performance) and tanding (combat) events on May 10-16.



Historical play on President Hồ Chí Minh released



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


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PM congratulates Vietnamese women’s football team



Vietnamese players celebrate their victory. VNA/ Photo

Bảo Ngọc

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). —  


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Golden Việt Nam defeat Thailand for SEA Games crown



Nguyễn Tiến Linh (9) and Nhâm Mạnh Dũng (17) celebrate after Dũng scored the only goal for Việt Nam. VNA/ Photo Quốc Khánh

Peter Cowan

HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam retained their SEA Games men’s football title on Sunday night, with a late, golden goal enough to see off bitter rivals Thailand by a goal to nil.

The party began at Mỹ Đình Stadium in Hà Nội and surely went long into the night as the whole country celebrated their latest group of young heroes.

The latest piece of silverware is yet another vindication of coach Park Hang-seo’s pragmatic methods, as while Việt Nam failed to entertain with their quality of play, he U23s still came away with the gold medal.

Coach Park made three changes to the starting 11 that defeated Malaysia in the semi-final on Thursday, with Nguyễn Văn Tùng, Huỳnh Công Đến and Phan Tuấn Tài coming into the team.

The passion of the rabid home crowd ensured the match was played in an atmosphere befitting of a final, but the quality of play in the first half was sorely lacking.

Coach Mano Polking’s Thailand passed the ball much better than their Vietnamese opponents but were unable to conjure any dangerous chances in the opening period.

While Việt Nam struggled to get the ball down and play, they did have the best chances to open the scoring.

Just two minutes in, Nguyễn Tiến Linh pounced on a poor pass by Thailand’s Jaturapat Sattham and squared the ball for Tùng in the box. However the young forward put his shot wide of the post.

Việt Nam footballers celebrate the win over Thailand. VNA/ Photo Quốc KHánh

In the 19th minute, it was Linh’s turn to spurn a glorious opportunity as he headed Tai’s cross straight into the arms of Thai goalkeeper and captain Kawin Thamsatchanan.

Into the second half, Thailand came out of the dressing rooms the much better side, with Worachit Kanitsribampen spurning a decent chance in the 49th minute and then firing just wide again less than a minute later.

The tension of the occasion clearly impacted both sides as they slogged away for much of the half without being able to conjure any dangerous opportunities.

The golden moment came in the 83rd minute via the head of substitute Nhâm Mạnh Dũng.

The Viettel midfielder met a cross from Tài and did superbly well to loop his header over the dive of Kawin and into the net.

The stadium duly erupted in celebration and the crowd seemed to lift the young home side as they saw out the final minutes without much incident.

With the men’s victory added to the women’s success the day before, Việt Nam’s home SEA Games has been as good as gold.


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