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Vietnam to lose key defender for World Cup qualifiers

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Vietnam to lose key defender for World Cup qualifiers

Doan Van Hau (L) is most likely to be absent in Vietnam’s upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Left-back Doan Van Hau might not recover from injury in time to play the World Cup Asian qualifiers in June.

Hau’s chances of appearing in the World Cup qualifiers are slim since he is still recovering from an injury sustained last year. Following the Tet holidays, he has returned to PVF Football Academy to commence rehabilitation.

According to doctors, though his recovery is progressing well, he could not return to play until at least June, meaning the defender would miss out on the World Cup qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to host remaining group G matches for World Cup Asian qualification at one venue.

Head coach Park Hang-seo plans to gather the national team for training in May, while V. League remains temporarily paused, though it would be a risk recalling Hau so soon should his condition deteriorate.

In early 2020, the U23 team called up center-back Tran Dinh Trong for AFC U23 Championship despite the player still recovering from an ailment. Though he appeared in all Vietnam’s matches at the tournament, his injury worsened to the extent that he had to spend nearly a year on the sidelines.

After returning to Hanoi FC from Dutch club SC Heerenveen last year, Hau suffered an injury in September. Three months later, having returned to the field, he tore a meniscus cartilage in his knee during training, prompting surgery.

Vietnam will face difficulties in their backline when facing Indonesia on June 7, as Dinh Trong and right-back Nguyen Trong Hoang remain suspended. The pair will only return when Vietnam clash with Malaysia on June 11 or UAE on the 15th.

The Golden Dragons are on top of group G with 11 points after five games. They need a minimum seven points in their last three games to secure a place in the next qualification round.

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Vietnamese athletics eye reign defence at SEA Games 31

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In the last two editions of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Vietnam surpassed Thailand to top the overall track and field medal tally. As the host of the 31st SEA Games this year, it is highly feasible for Vietnam to take the supreme honour

 in the sport for the third successive time.

Vietnamese athletics eye reign defence at SEA Games 31
Nguyen Thi Oanh scores four gold medals at the 2020 National Athletics Championships. Photo: Zing

Vietnamese athletics’ top-spot ambition for the upcoming regional Games is posed with significant challenges as, throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hindered Vietnamese athletes from participating in any overseas training courses as well as international competitions. Entering 2021, amidst the complicated evolution of the disease, international track and field tournaments have remained halted without confirmed dates for return, while it remains unknown when the sending of athletes for overseas training will resume. On mass media, Vietnam’s athletics arch-rivals Thailand have also constantly affirmed their determination to reclaim the lost position. Given that fact, the host country of the 31st SEA Games will have to exert much greater efforts if they wish to defend their regional reign.

Last year, as a result of the two COVID-19 outbreaks, Vietnamese athletics only managed to organise two official domestic tournaments, the Speed Cup (Ho Chi Minh City, June) and the National Championships (Hanoi, November). The inability to train and compete overseas significantly affected the performance of athletes. In previous years, most of the national teams chose to train abroad to improve their profession and performance. In fact, practising in the countries with advanced sport levels brings athletes greater excitement and helps them further improve themselves in terms of both psychology and fitness compared to training at home. By engaging in overseas training camps and competitions, Vietnamese athletes will be able to break their limits to reach new heights. Meanwhile, at the present time, due to the pandemic, athletes in most of the events in which Vietnam is capable of securing a Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 berth have yet to achieve the performance indicators as expected. For example, Vietnam currently ranks 17th in the world regarding the 4x400m relay event and stands a chance to make the top 16 teams qualifying for the 2020 Olympics if international performance is improved in 2021. Even so, athletics is not a key sport of Vietnam in the Olympic arena and the real focus of the track and field department in 2021 is on the 31st SEA Games.

Looking towards the regional Games later this year, Vietnam athletics is completely confident in realising the goal of defending its reign thanks to a team of prominent athletes, such as Le Tu Chinh, who smashed her way to five gold medals at the 2020 National Championships – with two individual titles in the 100m and 200m dash and three team gold medals in the women’s 4x100m, women’s 4x200m and mixed 4x400m disciplines, recording an especially notable time of 11.43 seconds in the 100m distance. Tu Chinh took gold in this event at the 30th SEA Games with 11.54 seconds, 0.14 seconds far from her personal best (11.40 seconds). Another SEA Games 2019 champion, Nguyen Thi Oanh, also scored four gold medals at the National Championships last year and established a new national record in the women’s 10,000m run with a time of 34:08.54, breaking the 17-year-old record set by Doan Nu Truc Van in 2003 (34:48.28). In the men’s medium-distance categories, Duong Van Thai, who won eight SEA Games gold medals, was surprisingly surpassed by 20-year-old Tran Van Dang. Dang’s performance will surely create a big motivation for Duong Van Thai to exert greater efforts at the upcoming 31st SEA Games.

According to experts, in order to top the 31st SEA Games track and field medal tally, Vietnamese athletes will need to secure 17-19 gold medals in a total of 47 events. In the previous Games, the Vietnamese athletics team won 16 golds, four clear of Thailand and five more than that of the Philippines. Thanks to its effective control of COVID-19, Vietnamese athletics is making better preparations for this year’s Games compared to many other countries in the region which are being raged by the pandemic. From the beginning of 2021, coaches and athletes will enjoy a diet costing VND320,000 each per day during their training time at the national team level, which will increase to VND480,000 for a maximum of 90 days prior to official competition. With thorough preparations in the past year as well as in the coming time, athletics and football are the two departments which have been assigned with the biggest tasks and are the most likely to finalise the goal of winning the overall championship title at the 31st SEA Games later this year.  NDO

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/vietnamese-athletics-eye-reign-defence-at-sea-games-31-715704.html

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Vietnamese cueist off to rosy start at PBA World Championship 2020-2021

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Ma Minh Cam secured his first win at PBA World Championship 2020-2021, a tournament with the biggest prize money ever offered in the history of pool.

The 46-year-old cueist, ranked 9th by Professional Billiards Association (PBA), had a close game against South Korean Kim Ki-Hyok (24th) after the first day of the tournament with a score of 3-2 (15/13, 11/15, 13/15, 15/8 and 11/3).

Cuiest Ma Minh Cam beats Kim Ki-Hyok 3-2 on Feb.25, the first day of PBA World Championship 2020-2021 in South Korea.

Cuiest Ma Minh Cam beat Kim Ki-Hyok 3-2 on Feb. 25, the first day of PBA World Championship 2020-2021 in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Billiard Vietnam.

His next rival in group H is Tae Jun Oh (25th), who beat Sam Il Seo (8th) with a score of 3-0.

Cam is the only Vietnamese player competing in the championship in South Korea from Feb. 25 to March 6.

He has been in the country since last July to participate in multiple PBA events.

Meanwhile, Ngo Dinh Nai and Nguyen Huynh Phuong Linh, the other two Vietnamese players who joined the PBA 3-cushion carom tourney not so long ago, did not qualify for the tournament since organizers could not determine their rankings since they had taken part in less than five events.

According to the league format, 32 local and foreign cueists are divided into eight groups of four players each. Players go head to head following the round-robin format. The top two players of each group would advance to round-16.

After the elimination round, the final two players will compete in seven bouts, with the first place awarded to whoever wins four matches.

Since the tournament boasts the biggest prize money ever offered in the history of pool, the winner will walk home with 300 million won (over $267,000) out of the prize pool of 400 million won.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/vietnamese-cueist-off-to-rosy-start-at-pba-world-championship-2020-2021-4240569.html

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Vietnam to host Davis Cup regional group

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Vietnam to host Davis Cup regional group

Vietnamese tennis players celebrate after topping Davis Cup Group III in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2018. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Thuy.


Vietnam will host the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group III tournament in the southern Tay Ninh Province in June.

The matches will be played at the Hai Dang Tennis Club from June 16 to 19, according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The Vietnamese team, ranked 71st in the world, will play Hong Kong (68th), Syria (76th), Sri Lanka (78th), Kuwait (110th), Qatar (111th), Jordan (120th), Pacific Oceania (122nd) and Malaysia (127th).

The fixture list has yet to be announced.

All foreign teams will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival.

Vietnamese coach Truong Quang Vu will pick four players for the tournament in May.

Vietnam have been in Group III since 2003. After topping it in 2018, they failed to get promotion to World Group II after losing 4-0 to Morocco in the play-offs last March.

With home advantage, Vietnam again hope to reach the play-offs next year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/vietnam-to-host-davis-cup-regional-group-4238562.html

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