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Rare mammal named as mascot for 31st SEA Games

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Sao la (centre) will be the official mascot of the 31st SEA Games and 11th Para Games in Việt Nam in 2021. The SEA Games logo (left) and Para Games logo were revealed in Hà Nội on November 19.

 HÀ NỘI — A rare mammal known as the sao la in Việt Nam had been chosen as the mascot for the 31st Southeast Asian Games mascot, according to the Việt Nam Sports Administration.

The animal, also known as the Vũ Quang ox, spindlehorn or Asian bicorn (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), is a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Trường Sơn Mountain Range stretching across Việt Nam and Laos.

The species was defined following the discovery of its remains in 1992 in Vũ Quang Nature Reserve.

Sao la by painter Lê Xuân Khôi beat more than 550 other entries over a two-year contest.

“The mascot is a rare animal in Việt Nam which is smart and cute. It is a clear symbol for both formal ceremonies and a sporting festival,” said Lê Huy Tiếp, one of the judges.

“I’ve been intrigued by the sao la since it was first known to the world in 1992, and now I have a chance to express my love for it,” said Hà Nội-based Khôi.

“It is also a way to introduce the sao la to our international friends as well as protect the animal from extinction. I believe the sao la will be talked about a lot in the year to come,” he said.

The official logo for the Games is a work by Hoàng Xuân Hiếu, an art lecturer from Huế.

The logo is a combination of five fingers holding the 10-circle chain Southeast Asian Games Federation logo, shaping an image of a dove, which is a symbol of peace. 

“I created the logo with pride. There are short and long fingers in a hand. But at the SEA Games there are no differences between athletes. They will all compete for their nation’s success,” said Hiếu, who overcame nearly 1,000 other participants.

The mascot will also be used for the 11th Para Games.

Hiếu designed the logo for the Para Games using the same shape, but the emblem of the Southeast Asian Games Federation is replaced by that of the Southeast Asian Para Sports Federation.

The organisers also reveal ‘For a Stronger Southeast Asia’ as the slogan for the competitions.

The official song will be announced on November 21 as the one-year countdown to the SEA Games starts in Hà Nội.

Việt Nam’s second Games will see the participation of thousands of athletes from all 11 countries. They will compete for medals in 36 sports from November 21-December 2 in the capital city and surrounding localities.

Meanwhile, the 11th Para Games are set to take place from December 14-21 with 14 sports. – 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/809669/rare-mammal-named-as-mascot-for-31st-sea-games.html

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Exhibition on Communist Party of Vietnam opens in Hanoi

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An exhibition on the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) opened at the Vietnam Exhibition Centre for Culture and Arts in Hanoi today, to mark the CPV’s 91st founding anniversary (February 3, 1930) and welcome the upcoming 13th National Party Congress.

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The “Dang ta that la vi dai!” (Our Party is great) exhibition is being co-organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the National Library of Vietnam, the Vietnam Military History Museum, and the Museum of Vietnamese Youth.

It features multiple sections, including one displaying photos and documents on the CPV’s history.

Some 200 photos, 100 documents and exhibits, along with nearly 250 publications are being on display, telling how the Party led the Vietnamese people to independence and recorded great achievements during the “Doi moi” (renewal) process and the era of international integration, as well as Party building efforts today.

Of particular note, images of the previous 12 National Party Congresses and nearly 60 posters featuring the 13th National Party Congress are also on showcase in a separate section.

Another section exhibits photos on the contributions made by the Vietnam People’s Army and the People’s Public Security in the construction and safeguarding of the socialist Vietnamese Fatherland.

Photos, documents, and other exhibits depicting the trust of Vietnamese youth in the CPV’s leadership and how they have followed President Ho Chi Minh’s words are showcased.

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Students look at the exhibits (Photo: VNA)

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong said that the exhibition aims to highlight the CPV’s leadership during the country’s struggle for independence, “Doi moi” (renewal) process, and national construction, and the Vietnamese people’s achievements in constructing and safeguarding the socialist Vietnamese Fatherland.

It is also to foster patriotism, especially of the youths, he added.

The event will run until January 24./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/exhibition-on-communist-party-of-vietnam-opens-in-hanoi-706545.html

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Brazilian forward misses two penalties in V. League clash

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Brazilian forward misses two penalties in V. League clash

Brazilian forward Claudecir (R) puts the ball on the penalty spot during a V. League game between Hong Linh Ha Tinh and Than Quang Ninh on January 17, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Hung.


Claudecir dos Reis Rodrigues Júnior, commonly known as Claudecir, failed to convert two penalties in a V. League match Sunday, leading to his club Hong Linh Ha Tinh’s defeat.

Hong Linh lost 1-2 to Than Quang Ninh in the opening round of V. League. In the 33rd minute, Claudecir was fouled inside the box, and the referee rewarded Ha Tinh a penalty. The 31-year-old’s shot subsequently went wide.

With Claudecir’s miss, Ha Tinh failed to extend their lead. Earlier in the game, they got the opener by Tran Phi Son. Witnessing the inaccurate penalty, Ha Tinh coach Pham Minh Duc could do little but provide a sheepish smile.

In stoppage time of the first half, Claudecir had the chance to redeem himself when Ha Tinh were awarded another penalty. However, the Brazilian failed to put enough power into his shot, which the Quang Ninh keeper easily saved.

Quang Ninh scored two goals to turn the tied in the last eight minutes of the game.

Claudecir is renowned in the V. League, having played in Vietnam since 2016. He won the domestic club title with Quang Nam FC in 2017. The forward became the top scorer of the season with 12 goals. However, he lost his form during the next two seasons, scoring only six goals.

The Brazilian moved to Hai Phong FC at the start of the 2020 before being loaned to Quang Ninh in the second phase. Claudecir joined Ha Tinh in the transfer window for the 2021 season.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/brazilian-forward-misses-two-penalties-in-v-league-clash-4222740.html

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Defending champions Viettel stumble in V.League 1 opener

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Nguyễn Phú Nguyên celebrates his goal, which turned out to be the winner. Photo thethaovanhoa.vn

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HÀ NỘI — Viettel’s new slogan ‘Your Way’ might be a good fit for a telecommunications company, but having the words plastered around Hàng Đẫy Stadium’s advertising hoardings did the football club no favours on Saturday.

That’s because Hải Phòng really had ‘their way’ with Viettel’s football side for much of the defending V.League 1 champion’s opening fixture of the 2021 season.

While the visitors only came away with a slender 1-0 victory, the manner of the defeat will be concerning for Viettel coach Trương Việt Hoàng, who watched his normally watertight defence look decidedly shaky against a Hải Phòng side so unfancied they didn’t even have a player featured in the league’s swishy season-opening promo video.

It took just two minutes for Hải Phòng to expose that frail defence, bereft of captain Bùi Tiến Dũng and Quế Ngọc Hải, as good linkup play between forwards Andre Fagan and Jermie Lynch and a poor challenge from Viettel defender Walter Luiz gave Lynch a sight at goal, but keeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh was able to beat the shot away.

Luiz was at fault for the goal 13 minutes later when the Brazilian failed to deal with a high ball and Fagan outpaced him to race through on goal. The Jamaican’s shot was saved by Mạnh, but Nguyễn Phú Nguyên was on hand to net the rebound and send the loud visiting support into raptures.

The away side should have doubled their lead on 29 minutes after a quick counterattack ended with Lynch taking a shot from just inside the box, but his effort struck the inside of the post and bounced agonisingly across the face of goal and out for a goal-kick.

Viettel’s best chance of the first half came in the 37th minute when Venâncio Caíque laid the ball off to Bùi Duy Thường after a nice move, but his powerful volley was comfortably saved by Nguyễn Văn Toản.

Hải Phòng had yet another chance to make it two late in the first half after Lynch outpaced Silva and squared to Fagan, but Mạnh was equal to his effort, as well as the rebound from Nguyễn Hữu Khôi.

Coach Hoàng rang the changes at half-time, taking off the struggling Luiz and changing Viettel’s shape, which put them in the ascendancy and changed the complexion of the match, and one briefly felt Hải Phòng might be made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal.

Their best chance to equalise came in the 61st minute when the silky Nguyễn Hoàng Đức somehow squeezed between two Hải Phòng players and found Pedro Paulo on the edge of the six-yard box, but the Brazilian couldn’t control the ball and Văn Toản smothered the ball and the golden opportunity.

While Viettel dominated possession for the rest of the match, Paulo’s miss was as close as they came to snatching a point, kicking their league title defence off to an inauspicious start.

Hà Nội stunned

Elsewhere in the opening weekend of fixtures, Nam Định shocked Hà Nội FC 3-0 on Friday night at Thiên Trường Stadium.

The visitors are among the favourites for the title this season, but two goals from Gramoz Kurtaj and one from Rodrigo Dias left them reeling. Hà Nội coach Chu Đình Nghiêm lamented the poor state of the pitch after the match, but that alone doesn’t explain such a stunning reversal.

In Saturday’s other matches, Sông Lam Nghệ An and newcomers Bình Định drew 1-1, while Becamex Bình Dương defeated Thanh Hóa 1-0. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/858044/defending-champions-viettel-stumble-in-vleague-1-opener.html

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