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Tài dreams of V.League after international success

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Defender Phan Tuấn Tài (right) is seen during the SEA Games 31 match between Việt Nam and Timore Leste in May. Việt Nam won 2-0. Photo of VFF

Young star Phan Tuấn Tài will have the opportunity to shine in the national premier league after his outstanding performance at the recent 31st Southeast Asian Games and AFC U23 Asian Cup.

Tài played a key role in Việt Nam’s second SEA Games title, while he was one of the top assisting players at the continental event.

The defender not only defended and assisted well but also scored the tournament’s fastest goal.

His coaches at the 2020 champions Viettel have decided to call him back to compete in V.League 1, although Tài’s on-loan contract with the V.League 2 side Đắk Lắk FC is still valid.

Despite being just 21, Tài is believed to have earned his slot in the Viettel’s starting lineup from July 2.

“The victories from the SEA Games and the achievement at the Asian Cup are strong pushes for me, and I’m confident that I’ll be given a berth in the first team,” Tài said.

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Born in 2001 in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk, Tài first showed his football talent as a small boy.

The 11-year-old was captain of the provincial team to compete in the national children’s football championship, and caught the eyes of the Viettel’s scouts, who persuaded his parents to let him practise to be a professional player.

“My teacher tried to convince me to continue academic study because I was a good student. She said I might not catch up with friends and waste my learning if I did not have a good future with football and had to return home,” Tài said.

“But I fell in love with the ball so much, and my parents supported me too, so I made my choice and have never regretted it.”

 

Phan Tuấn Tài (No 5) is seen in the practice in preparation for the AFC U23 Asian Cup. Tài has been highlighted as one of the best players. — Photo of VFF

Tài made his name in the national U17 and U19 squad. At the age of 21, he is now a member of the U23 side, which recently won the AFF U23 Championship and the SEA Games 31 titles before playing successfully at the AFC U23 Cup, which ended last week.

Tài was not the first choice of either coach Đinh Thế Nam for the regional championship and Park Hang-seo for the SEA Games, but whenever he was on the field, he made things happen.

Tài was added to the AFF event after many Vietnamese players suffered from the COVID-19 and could not compete.

He travelled throughout the night from his home town in Đắk Lắk to HCM City and crossed the border to reach Phnom Penh, Cambodia in time. He assisted striker Trần Bảo Toàn to score the only goal of the final match against Thailand in February. 

In the SEA Games three months later, he assisted Nhâm Mạnh Dũng in scoring a winner in the final against Thailand to help Việt Nam win the trophy.

Later, at the Asian Cup, under coach Gong Oh-kyun, he scored a goal 18 seconds after the whistle in the group round match against Thailand, making it the third-fastest goal in the tournament’s history.

“I was pleased because it was my first time scoring for the national U23 team. The goal was precious to me,” the left winger said.

He also made two assists for his teammates Vũ Tiến Long and Dũng, making him one of the top assisting players along with Takashi Uchino (Japan) and Firas Al Brikan (Saudi Arabia), Diyor Kholmatov (Uzbekistan), and Abdulridha Ogaili (Iraq).

Combining his scoring and assisting ability, the AFC also honoured him as one of six outstanding players of the tournament.

“I have no secret for my passes. I just think that if I can send the ball high over the heads of all the defenders, it will reach my strikers, and they will complete the task,” said Tài, who was a valedictorian of the Hà Nội University of Physical Education and Sports in 2020.

“I spend much time practising these skills after each training day. I believe that the more I work, the better I can play.”

 

Phan Tuấn Tài (right) vies for a ball against a UAE player during their friendly match on May 28, ahead of the AFC U23 Asian Cup. — Photo of VFF

Tài said he grew stronger after each tournament and hoped the experience from these events would be helpful for the V.League 1 competition.

“I feel more confident match by match after these regional and continental events. But I personally don’t allow myself to rest on the laurels but must work harder,” he said. “I hope I can prove my ability to win a regular berth in Viettel’s starting team first, and then I can contribute more to the national teams.”

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1252926/tai-dreams-of-vleague-after-international-success.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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