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Viettel top Group I after second AFC Cup win

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Bùi Duy Thường (No 88) celebrates his winner in the 1-0 victory of Viettel over Phnom Penh Crown during the AFC Cup’s Group I match. Photo of Viettel FC

HÀ NỘI — Viettel FC cemented top spot in Group I of the AFC Cup after a solid 1-0 win over Phnom Penh Crown on Monday at the Thống Nhất Stadium in HCM City.

The home side dominated from start to finish, creating chances at will but failing to convert them into more goals.

The V.League 1 team went ahead in the 9th minute as national midfielder Nguyễn Hoàng Đức set up Bùi Duy Thường, who found the back of the net from over 20m out.

Geovane Magno and Trần Danh Trung wasted opportunities to double the score as their attempts were either denied by goalkeeper Kung Chanvuthy or went wide.

Phnom Penh Crown’s most dangerous sight of goal came midway through the second half when Colombian playmaker Andres Nieto set up the onrushing Koeut Pich on the left flank, and with just the goalkeeper to beat, Koeut aimed for the bottom corner, but Quàng Thế Tài smothered his shot before the Vietnamese goalkeeper recovered to save the rebound.

“I am happy with the goal. And it is much more wonderful as our team won,” said defender Thường who dedicated his first international winner to his supporters and fiancée, who will be his wife in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking to reporters at the post-match briefing, Assistant Coach Đặng Thanh Phương said playing without head coach Bae Jin-won was a big challenge for his team. But his players overcame the difficulty to get the win.

Coach Bae and the team’s doctor were in quarantine because of their positive COVID tests just hours before the game.

“We were united to play and win. We wanted to score more goals, but things did not go our way. Anyway, we deserve this win,” Phương said.

“Coach Bae is in good condition, but he is being isolated until getting negative results. He prepared everything before the match, and things happened nearly the same as he had planned. This game result is good for both coach and the team.”

Coach Oleg Starynskyi of Phnom Penh Crown was unhappy about the second loss but confirmed Viettel were a high-quality team. 

He said Viettel played well with counter-attacks and his defenders were not fast enough to resist the speedy Vietnamese attacks, especially in and around the penalty area.

Striker Magno created many difficulties for Phnom Penh while the Viettel defenders, especially skipper Nguyễn Đức Chiến, worked effectively to stop all the visitors’ attacks. 

In the later match of the group, Singapore’s Hougang United came from behind to win their second game in a row, beating Laos’ Young Elephants 3-1.

A second win on the trot puts Viettel in the driving seat ahead of the final matchday showdown against second-placed Hougang United on Thursday.

Meanwhile, it will be an early exit for both Phnom Penh Crown and Young Elephants. They will look to bow out on a positive note in their final game.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1254208/viettel-top-group-i-after-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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