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Vietnam suspends top-tier league because of players’ indirect contact with COVID-19 patient

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Round 13 of the 2021 Vietnam’s top-flight football tournament V-League 1 has been suspended after several players were found to have come in touch with a direct contact of a COVID-19 patient.

As of Thursday afternoon, all of the away teams and referees had arrived in their hosts’ soil in preparation for the 13th round of the tourney.

However, it was revealed later on the same afternoon that a man who had made contact with a female COVID-19 patient on a flight from central Da Nang City to Vinh City in the hometown of Song Lam Nghe An FC directly interacted with several of the club’s players.

The Vietnam Professional Football (VPF), the organizer of the V-League 1, thus suspended the game in Round 13 between Hanoi FC and Song Lam Nghe An FC, which had been scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Since all games of Round 13 needed to be played at the same time to ensure fairness, the remaining six matches of the round would be scrapped as well, the VPF said.

Round 13 is the last round in the first leg of the V-League 1 and will decide the top six and bottom eight.

The top six teams in the first leg will compete for the title while the bottom eight will have to battle to avoid relegation.

A new schedule for the crucial round has yet to be decided as the V-League 1 would have to make room for the national football team to prepare for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the UAE in June.

Meanwhile, Song Lam Nghe An players will self-isolate at home for at least 14 days as per regulations.

Vietnam has been battling the re-emergence of COVID-19 since April 27 after the country had gone about a month without detecting any community transmission. A total of 121 cases have been confirmed ever since.

The country added one local coronavirus case on Friday morning, bringing its caseload to 3,091 patients, according to the Ministry of Health.

Recoveries remain at 2,560 and deaths at 35.

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Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

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Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

Coach Park Hang-seo in a training session of the national football team on May 28, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


After the historic advance to the final World Cup qualifying round, coach Park Hang-seo has sent players a letter of appreciation and encouragement.

“In the last three games of the second round, we have worked together and advanced to the final round of World Cup qualifiers. This has always been our goal and I’m so delighted about it. I want to thank all the players for believing in me, for giving their best effort with the highest spirit and the assistants who have devoted themselves selflessly day and night to support the team, as well as other members that have tried their best to complete the job,” he wrote.

“Let’s always give our best and be proud that you are a part of the team that have written a new chapter in the history of Vietnamese football.”

He asked the players to enjoy the time with their families during this short break, before going back to their World Cup campaign.

They will have much to do in the road ahead, Park said, promising he will try his best to complete his job.

“We will have to prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifiers in September, to face the top teams in Asia. We need to be more focused, physically, mentally and tactically. If we can stay united and keep giving our best, I believe we can achieve our goal.”

In the second round of World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam went unbeaten in seven games before losing to the UAE in the last match. They advanced to the third round as one of the five best second-placed teams.

The Golden Dragons are set to return to training in August to prepare for the third round, which will take place between Sept. 2, 2021 and March 29, 2022.

Park hang-seo: the spark that keeps Vietnam’s football fire burning

 
 

Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

Park hang-seo: the spark that keeps Vietnam’s football fire burning

Park Hang-seo and his four-year journey with Vietnam’s football. Video by VnExpress/Tuan Viet.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/coach-park-writes-encouraging-letter-to-players-4298632.html

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Concert on 20th century’s musical pieces to be held online

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The fourth concert of the “Music of the 20th Century” series will be broadcast live via Facebook page of the Goethe Institut Vietnam on June 28, in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the institute has announced.

Concert on 20th century’s musical pieces to be held online
The banner of the event. (Photo: www.goethe.de)

The concert series introduces compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries by important living or deceased world-famous composers.

The performers are soloists and lecturers from the Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Inspirito School of Music, notably trumpeter Urushihara Yuki, percussionist Kyle Acuncius, violist Patcharaphan Khumprakob, oboeist Hoang Manh Lam, and pianists Luu Duc Anh and Hoang Ho Thu, among others.

The whole programme promises to be a colourful picture with different styles from many different countries. Starting with Medtners musical style which is strongly influenced by the Romantic tradition, and expanding to very special creations and languages written for the piano by Barber, Ligeti, Ornstein or Japanese composer Hosokawa Toshio.

The soloists of this concerts will in addition explore how modern composers exploit different technique of composing and performing on other instruments such as oboe, trumpet, viola, and percussion or even on a toy piano with works by Goldmann, Vizutti, Hindemith, David Lang and Cangelosi.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/concert-on-20th-century-s-musical-pieces-to-be-held-online-748375.html

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Ancient stone stream discovered in Gia Lai Province

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An ancient stone stream has been discovered in Ia Phi Commune, Ia Ly Township, Chu Pah District in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Ancient stone stream discovered in Gia Lai Province
An ancient stone stream which is believed to date back over 100 million years ago in Ia Phi Commune, Ia Ly Township, Chu Pah District in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has attracted a lot of visitors. (Photo: VNA)

Ia Ruai stream flows through many villages in Ia Ly Township before running into the reservoir of the Ia Ly Hydropower Plant.

On a section to Van village of Ia Ly Town which is about 1km long, there is an exposed rocky outcrop, concentrating at two points located about 30 metres apart.

The two sides of the stream, believed to date back over 100 million years ago, are similar hexagonal stone blocks, arranging close together into large and solid blocks which are similar to the rocks at Ganh Da Dia (Reef of Plates) – a special national relic site in Phu Yen Province.

Ha Thi Thuy, a tourist from Pleiku City, said she knew about the stream through social network.

On the weekend, she took her family to Ia Ruai stream and was surprised to see that it was similar to Ganh Da Dia tourist site in Phu Yen.  She liked the stream very much and has recommended it to her friends so that they could admire the unique natural beauty of this rock stream.

According to Chu Pah District’s Culture and Information Division, Ia Ruai stream is a potential tourist destination that needs to be protected and retained in its current state. Thus, it suggested the district People’s Committee upgrade the road leading to the stone stream and plant Shunshine trees (Cassia splendida Vogel) along the roads to provide shade for tourists. 

Nguyen Quang Tue, head of Heritage Management Division under the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gia Lai Province, said that the ancient rock stream need to be protected and kept the status quo as it has high potential for becoming a tourist destination.

The provincial department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will continue to survey to develop a plan for tourism development and compile a dossier of request for recognising it as a national relic site in the near future, he said.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/ancient-stone-stream-discovered-in-gia-lai-province-748386.html

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