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Viet Nam to send 11 athletes to Tokyo Paralympics

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Despite injury, powerlifter Lê Văn Công still hopes to defend his title at the Tokyo Paralympics. Photo paralympic.org.vn

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will send an 11-strong contingent to the Tokyo Paralympics this summer.

The athletes include three who will compete in track-and-field, four in swimming and three in powerlifting.

The Paralympians are currently in intensive training in HCM City and Đà Nẵng. They are expected to have both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine 10 days before leaving for Tokyo on August 18. 

They must have PCR tests with negative results within 72 hours upon their arrival.

According to the deputy head of Việt Nam Sports Administration (VSA) Nguyễn Hồng Minh, no specific targets have been set for the athletes.

“There have been no international training camps and competition for athletes in the last two years. Our athletes are aged (from 35 to 40) and one of them is still in injury treatment so their performance would not be as good as it was in 2016 in Brazil,” said Minh, who is also the team’s chef de mission.

“However, we still expect to see good results from them,” he said.

Speaking with the media, Vũ Thế Phiệt, general secretary of the Việt Nam Paralympics Association, said weightlifter Lê Văn Công, who won Việt Nam’s first Paralympic gold, is still recovering from injury. Therefore, medal hopes could be on lifters Nguyễn Bình An and Đặng Thị Linh Phượng, swimmer Võ Thanh Tùng and track-and-field athlete Cao Ngọc Hùng.

Five years ago, Tùng claimed a silver in the men’s 50m freestyle. Phượng secured a bronze in the women’s 50kg class and Hùng took a bronze in the men’s javelin.

“We receive good care from the sports officials and support from enterprises. These would be strong pushes for us to earn high results in Tokyo,” said Công.

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/976976/viet-nam-to-send-11-athletes-to-tokyo-paralympics.html

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Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager

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Doan Nguyen Duc, owner of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) expressed his openness to the Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand) to discussing their intention of recruiting his club’s manager Kiatisuk Senamuang, saying that he’s willing to listen.

Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager
HAGL owner Doan Nguyen Duc and coach Kiatisuk Senamuang in a recent durian planting event before Kiatisuk returned to Thailand. Photo courtesy of HAGL

After Nishino Akira was fired, there were many questions about who would replace the Japanese manager in the Thai national team.

In July, Thailand’s number one superstar Chanathip Songkrasin said he wanted Kiatisuk to come back to Thailand’s national team manager position.

Recently, the media in the “Land of the Golden Temple” confirmed that the Football Association of Thailand is looking at Kiatisuk as a strong candidate for this position.

Despite rumours, the 47-year-old Thai still has two years left on his contract with HAGL.

However, club owner Duc will still consider any offer.

“I will agree to let Kiatisuk return to Thailand to lead the national team if they really want him,” Duc told Pháp luật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (The HCM City Law newspaper).

“If they really want Kiatisuk, they should feel free to come to Vietnam to talk. I have not received any information from the Football Association of Thailand. They have not called or contacted my club. However, I will still be willing to listen.”

“During the complicated Covid-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to go to Vietnam. However just inform me first and I will think about it,” Duc said.

“It is important to know when the V.League 1 will return. If it’s soon then there can’t be any negotiation, but if there’s no news about when the league will return, then I’m happy to let him go back. Why keep someone when others need him more at the moment?” The 59-year-old HAGL president asked.

Kiatisuk returned to HAGL at the beginning of this season. Immediately, the Thai football legend made major changes. From an unstable team, HAGL is on top of the league table with an unbeaten record.

After the V.League 2021 was postponed until the beginning of next year due to the pandemic, Kiatisuk allowed HAGL players to have a break while he returned to Thailand.

Previously, Kiatisuk led the Thai national team to great success reaching the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Source: Vietnam News

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Việt Nam News Olympics news bulletin – August 5

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Aussie Keegan Palmer takes gold medal in the men’s park skateboarding. For all latest news from the Olympics, please join our virtual AI Phuong.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1004450/viet-nam-news-olympics-news-bulletin-august-5.html

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

The Vietnam national futsal team that played Iraq in a friendly on May 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.


The Vietnam national futsal team has moved up one place in the August update of FIFA futsal world ranking.

After beating Lebanon in the World Cup qualification playoffs in late May and claiming a ticket to Futsal World Cup 2021, Vietnam climbed from 44th to 43rd on the FIFA futsal world ranking. In the August update, only Vietnam and Japan improved their positions in Asia.

The top three positions in the world remained unchanged, with Spain first, followed by Brazil and Argentina. In Asia, Iran continued to lead, followed by Kazakhstan and Japan.

The national team has started training since late July. They are set to fly to Spain on Aug. 25 to participate in a friendly tournament with hosts Spain, Japan and Guatemala. They will play another exhibition match with Morocco on Sept. 6, before entering Futsal World Cup, held in Lithuania between Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

At Futsal World Cup, Vietnam are grouped with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Panama. The team will play their first game against Brazil on Sept. 13, then Panama on the 16th, and the Czech Republic on the 19th.

This is the second time Vietnam qualified for the event, after the first in 2016.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-ascend-fifa-futsal-world-ranking-4336202.html

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