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Viettel hope to build on success for second AFC Cup win

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Striker Pedro Paulo (left) will be hoping to keep the goals coming for Viettel against Phnom Penh Crown. Photo of Viettel FC

HÀ NỘI — Viettel coach Bae Ji-won hopes his team will take their second win in the AFC Cup when they face Phnom Penh Crown of Cambodia today in a Group I fixture at the Thống Nhất Stadium in HCM City.

The emphatic 5-1 win over Young Elephants of Laos on Friday was a boost for the South Korean manager, although he was not wholly satisfied with the former V.League 1 champion’s performance.

“Despite scoring many goals, I don’t think we played very well,” said Bae. “We were not focused when we conceded. My goalkeeper lost his concentration and our opponents took advantage to score.”

“However, these things can happen in football. We have had good preparation but the goal we conceded shows how important it is to remain focused. I think Viettel players can do better.”

Bae said his coaching board watched Phnom Penh Crown play against Singapore’s Hougang United on Friday, where they lost 4-3.

He found them to be a good team that are well-organised and competitive.

Bae aims to tweak his side and asked for them to be totally focused on getting three points.

“Of course, we want more wins. I do not suffer from pressure. I know my players will play our own way to have the best result,” he said.

Speaking about his front line’s performance, Bae said he trusted Pedro Paulo. The striker wasted lot of threatening chances despite scoring a hattrick on Friday.

“Sometimes my striker does not play as well as we expect, but the important thing was he scored. He needed more time after being sidelined with an injury,” Bae said.

“About (U23 forward) Nhâm Mạnh Dũng, he is a talented player with potential. He might have a chance to start, but the club’s best results are the top priority.”

Dũng also netted once in the team’s victory last week.

Also present at the press conference was defender Trương Văn Thiết, who said Viettel have a plan to prevent Phnom Penh Crown’s strikers.

“We will have to concentrate and work hard. Phnom Penh Crown is home to national team members who will need to be watched closely by our defenders. We will strictly follow our tactics and will not give them space to play freely,” Thiết said.

On the other side, coach Oleg Starynskyi said his players will try their best to control the game, which is key to beating Viettel.

He said Viettel are strong and have the balance to set the pace of the match.

Phnom Penh Crown are also targetting a win, based on their five foreign players and national squad’s Lim Pisoth, Choun Chanchav, Orn Chanpolin, and Yue Safy.

Ukrainian Starynskyi said the coming match would be the toughest game for his team. It plays a decisive role in Phnom Penh Crown’s fate at the AFC Cup. Only a win will keep their chances of making it to the next round alive.

Colombian midfielder Andres Nieto said Phnom Penh Crown researched Viettel and have a suitable plan to tackle the V.League 1 powerhouse. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1253718/viettel-hope-to-build-on-success-for-second-afc-cup-win.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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