Thai Son Nam qualify for AFC Futsal Club quarterfinals

The Vietnam Championship Dog Show 2016 will take place between December 16 and 18 at Phu Tho Gymnasium, District 11, HCM City. The event, which is organised by the Vietnam Kennel Association, will gather hundreds of domestic breeds, including Phu Quoc and Mong breeds, and foreign breeds imported from overseas and from neighbouring countries. The jury comprises experts from Thailand, the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Taiwan. Pet food, toys and accessories will be available for sale at the event, along with healthcare services for pets. The annual dog show, which is being held since 2009, is a playground for professional and amateur dog raisers. VNS... [read more]

Vietnam second at ASEAN futsal championships By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Vietnamese national futsal team failed to win their first championship title at the ASEAN Football Federation Futsal Championships 2009 after a 1-4 loss to Thailand in the final match on Sunday. Na-tee Thusiri doubled for Thailand in the 10th and 26th minutes before Nattawut Kongnimit netted the fourth goal in the 36th minute. Ngo Anh Dung scored the only goal for Vietnam in the 38th minute. Earlier, Indonesia, who received a fair-play prize, defeated the Philippines 4-3 to snatch third place. Vietnam finished their group stage competition as Group B's leaders after crushing East Timor 21-1 and a 3-0 victory against the Philippines in the opener while Thailand topped Group A with nine points after defeating Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. In the quarter-final, Vietnam defeated Indonesia 11-10 after a penalty shoot-out. Earlier, defending champions Thailand crushed the Philippines 8-2 to sail into the final for a sixth consecutive year. Thailand's Keattiyot Chalaemkhet was named the tournament's most valuable player, Sayan Karmadi of Indonesia was named the tournament's top scorer and Vietnam's Dang Phuoc Anh was selected best goalkeeper. Vietnam were in group with the Philippines, East Timor and Brunei while Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar were in Group A. The ASEAN Federation Futsal Championship took place from June 8 to 14 at HCMC's Phu Tho Gymnasium and was attended by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, East Timor and host Vietnam.... [read more]

Muay Thai tournament opens today By Huy Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - A Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) tournament will kick off in HCMC today with the participation of powerhouses Thailand, India, Mongolia, Laos, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Nepal, Iran, Hong Kong, Macau and host Vietnam. The tournament has attracted 70 male and 30 female fighters and ends on July 20 at Rach Mieu Competition Hall in Phu Nhuan District, HCMC. Muay Thai, a martial art developed by the Thais, has also developed in Singapore, the Philippines, Laos and Cambodia. In Southeast Asia, Thailand is number one in Muay Thai. In October 2004, the Southeast Asian Sports Federation agreed to add Muay Thai to the list of official sports for the 23rd SEA Games in Philippines in late 2005. Muay Thai has also become an official sport at the 24th SEA Games. Vietnam considered the establishment of a national kick-boxing team by taking some members from the national Pencak Silat, boxing and traditional martial arts teams. However, Vietnam aims to win several medals in Muay Thai at the upcoming Asian Indoor Games 2009. The tournament is a good chance for the national squad to prepare for the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam in October and the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos in December. Muay Thai will be an official sport at these two important events. At least five pre-Indoors Games sports events will be organized in HCMC next time for training local athletes. A Vovinam tournament, which…... [read more]

Local futsal teams aim for medal at AIG 3 By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Vietnamese national futsal teams are ready for the third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) where both the men's and women's teams begin their AIG campaign today. Vietnam will take on Malaysia in the opener at 4:00 p.m. in the men's event. Iran will meet Turkmenistan at 2:00 p.m. and Jordan will play Bahrain at 6:00 p.m. at Phu Tho Gymnasium. Fourteen teams participating in the men's event have been divided into four groups. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the next round. The finals will be played on November 7. Vietnam are with Malaysia in Group C along with Bahrain and Jordan. Group A has Iran, Turkmenistan and Macau, Group B consists of Tajikistan, Thailand and Japan while South Korea will play Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait in Group D. Jordan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Iran, Uzbekistan, the Philippines and hosts Vietnam are taking part in the women's event and will compete in a round-robin format. The winners and the runners-up of each group will reach the semi-finals. Vietnam are in Group A with Thailand, Malaysia and Jordan while Group B has Japan, Uzbekistan, Iran and the Philippines. The finals will be on November 6. Vietnam meet Thailand in their opener at 2:00 p.m. before Malaysia fight Jordan at 4:00 p.m. at Tan Binh Gymnasium. The AIG, scheduled to take place from October 30 to November 9, will be…... [read more]

Local futsal teams suffer losses at AIG 3 By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Both the Vietnamese men's and women's national futsal teams suffered losses in their openers at the third Asian Indoor Games (AIG) on Wednesday. The men's team lost 2-8 to Malaysia at HCMC's Phu Tho Gymnasium while the women's team were defeated 1-6 by powerhouse Thailand at HCMC's Tan Binh Gymnasium. Dinh Thi Thuy Trang narrowed the scoring gap for the Vietnamese side in the eighth minute before Siranya Srimanee netted for the Thai side in the tenth minute. The first half ended with a score of 3-1. Thailand continued to control the ball in the second half as Orathai Srimanee, Siriporn Phimphisan and Jiraprapa Tupsuri scored in the 22nd, 28th and 39th minutes respectively. In another game in the women's event, Jordan beat Malaysia 5-2. With the first victory, Thailand ranks first in Group A, followed by Jordan. Thailand seems secure in the first semifinal berth in the group while Vietnam and Jordan will compete for the second berth. Jordan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Iran, Uzbekistan and hosts Vietnam are taking part in the women's event. The Philippines, surprisingly, withdrew from the tournament at the last minute. The winners and the runners-up of each group will reach the semi-finals. Vietnam are in Group A with Thailand, Malaysia and Jordan while Japan, Uzbekistan and Iran are competing in Group B. The finals will be on November 6. Though Nguyen Bao Quan, who scored two…... [read more]

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Vietnamese tennis fans can watch four top international players play for US$80,000 in prize money at Phu Tho Indoor Sports Center in HCMC at the Heineken Stars 2010 on October 1 and 2. David Nalbandian of Argentina, ranked 33rd in the world; world No. 252 Tommy Haas of Germany; world No.22 Sam Querrey and world No.102 Robby Ginepri of the U.S. will play in two playoff matches for places in the final. David Nalbandian, former World No. 3, currently ranks 33rd in the world. He was champion in ATP Tour Washington 2010 and he was runner up in the 2002 Wimbledon Championships and winner of the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005. Tommy Haas, who reached a career-high ranking of world No.2 in 2002, currently ranks 252nd in the world. The German player was a 2009 Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Sam Querrey is a professional American tennis player. As of August, he was the fourth-highest ranked American. This year he reached his career high as No. 19. Querrey, currently seeded 22nd in the world, was winner of the Serbia Open 2010. Meanwhile, Robby Ginepri, currently 102nd in ATP rankings was the winner of the ATP Tour Indianapolis 2009. He reached a career-best of world No.15 in 2005. After the first two round knockout matches at 5p.m. on Friday, the two finalists will battle for the title at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the organizers told a press conference in HCMC on Wednesday. The champion…... [read more]

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - David Nalbandian of Argentina, Tommy Haas of Germany and Robby Ginepri of the U.S. have pulled out of the Heineken Stars 2010 tennis tournament in HCMC this weekend because of injuries, organizers said. David Nalbandian, former World No. 3, currently ranked 33rd in the world, will be replaced by Mardy Fish from the U.S., currently seeded 19. Mardy Fish is the 2008 US Open quarterfinalist and the silver medalist at Olympic Athens 2004. The U.S. player lost to Roger Federer 1-2 at the ATP Masters Tour 1000 Cincinnati in the finals. Fish was an ATP London 2010 finalist after beating Andy Murray in the semis. Tommy Haas will be replaced by world No. 42 Tommy Robredo from Spain. Robredo earned nine ATP World Tour men’s singles titles and three ATP World Tour men’s doubles titles. Meanwhile, Robby Ginepri, currently ranks 102nd on ATP rankings was a winner of the ATP Tour Indianapolis 2009, was the third player pull out from the tournament in the last minutes. Ginepri who is 102 seed will be replaced by 33 seed Juan Monaco from Argentina. Monaco was winner of the Austria Open, Buenos Aires and Poertschach in 2007 and he won two men’s doubles titles in Valencia and Auckland in 2008. The three players will compete Friday and Saturday at Phu Tho Gymnasium in HCMC with world No. 22 Sam Querrey from the U.S., who was a winner of the Serbia Open 2010 at…... [read more]

PANO - Do My Linh, a 20-year-old student from Hanoi was crowned Miss Vietnam 2016 on Sunday night after fighting off stiff competition from 29 other young contestantsin the final round of the national pageant held at the Phu Tho Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh city. The 1.71m-tall beauty has the measurements of 87-61.5-91. She also advanced to Top 15 in Miss Universe 2015. The first runner-up is Ngo Thanh Thanh Tu, a 22-year-old student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam while the second runner-up, Huynh Thi Thuy Dung, is a 20-year-old student at the Ho Chi Minh City Foreign Trade University. The organizers also announced Pham Thuy Tien as Miss Humanity, Bui Nu Kieu Vy as Miss Ao Dai (Vietnam traditional dress), Tran To Nhu as Miss Beautiful Face, Huynh Thi Thuy Dung as Miss Talent, Dao Thi Ha as Miss Sea, and Sai Thi Huong Ly as Miss Beautiful Hair. Translated by Lam Anh... [read more]

The finalists will enter three rounds of Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress), swimsuit and evening gown in order to select the top five, who will take part in the question and answer session. Miss Vietnam 2016 will be awarded VND 500 million (US$22,400) in cash and a VND 2.2 billion (US$98,600) crown. The first and second runners-up of the pageant will receive VND 300 million (US$13,450) and VND 200 million (US$8,950), respectively. The top three will also have an opportunity to join a tour to Fukuoka and Nagasaki, Japan. In addition to sub-awards such as the Miss Talent, Miss Humanity, Miss Beach, Miss Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) and Miss Beautiful Face, the contest will also honour Miss Beautiful Hair and Miss Party Dress. The final night will feature songs and dances performed by popular Vietnamese singers including Ha Anh Tuan, Noo Phuoc Thinh, Toc Tien, Thu Minh and Dong Nhi as well as pop star Bi Rain from the Republic of Korea. The event will open at 8pm at Phu Tho Gymnasium and will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television Channels 1 and 9 as well as 14 local TV channels.... [read more]

HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam secured the first place at the world Vietnamese traditional martial arts championships after four days of competitions at Phu Tho Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City. At the tourney, wrapping up on July 29, Vietnam outstripped other countries when pocketing 12 gold medals and one silver medal in performance events and seven golds and one silver in the combat category. It was followed by Russia (four golds, four silvers and four bronzes), France (three golds, eight silvers and three bronzes), and Ivory Coast (three golds, one silver and four bronzes). The championships attracted nearly 250 athletes from 27 countries and territories such as France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. They competed for 45 sets of medals. The first ever tournament is said to have impressed foreign delegations as it was not simply a competition but also a festival for lovers of Vietnam’s traditional martial arts from around the world. It was co-held by HCM City’s Department of Culture and Sports and the World Federation of Vietnam Traditional Martial Arts.-VNA... [read more]

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