Kendo in Vietnam

Hoang Xuan Vinh is expected to earn two gold medals at the upcoming SEA Games (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Vietnamese marksmen set a relatively modest goal of earning three gold medals at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. “The 2017 Games will be a difficult event for us, as the hosts [Malaysia] cut all team events, which are a strong point of Vietnam. As usual, Vietnamese best shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh will compete in three or four categories. However, in this Games, one of Vinh’s key events, centre-fire pistol, has also been removed. So Vietnam team only target three golds. If the team can do that, it is a success,’ said head coach Nguyen Thi Nhung. At the 28th Games held in Singapore two years ago, Vietnamese shooters contributed 11 golds to Vietnam’s medal count. Vietnam will send 23 shooters competing in 11 out of 14 divisions. Among three gold medals which Vietnam aim to grab, Vinh is expected to take two. The remaining gold is for Nguyen Xuan Chuyen, Phan Công Minh or Bui Hong Phong. According to the International Shooting Sport Federation rankings, Olympic Rio 2016 gold medalist Vinh still leads the men’s 10m air pistol, while in the 50m air pistol he ranks second after Jin Jongoh from the Republic of Korea.  However, Nhung said Vinh’s glory at the Olympics doesn’t ensure that he will earn gold at the regional sports festival, as…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – An outdoor photo exhibition, showcasing the beauty of the landscape, culture and people of ASEAN countries, opened at Ly Thai To Statue Square on Hanoi’s walking street, on August 5. The exhibition, titled “ASEAN Countries and People,” was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the founding of ASEAN (1967-2017). On display are 230 works taken by 136 photographers from ten ASEAN countries, 61 of whom are Vietnamese. Fifty photos were taken in Vietnam, while 180 others were captured in the other nine ASEAN countries (20 photos each), all of which vividly and truthfully depict the country, people, culture, society, economy and exchange activities of the member nations. The photos were selected from the entrants to a contest launched by the Department of Art, Photography and Exhibitions, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which attracted 10,127 entries by 1,248 amateur and professional artists from across the ASEAN region. “This is the photographic exhibition with the highest number of entries that has been held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam in recent years. The photographic event will enhance the mutual understanding and relations among the countries, contributing to building a unified, active, developed, peaceful and prosperous ASEAN community,” said Vi Kien Thanh, head of the ministry’s Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition. The organising board also revealed that the exhibition has attracted the attention of many photographers…... [read more]

A 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport model introduced to the market in late 2016. — Photo autodaily.vn Mitsubishi Motors Vietnam (MMV) is recalling 4,218 Outlander Sport and Pajero Sport units, which were found to have malfunctioning rear hatch doors. Of the recalling campaign, there are 943 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport units with model-year 2014-2016 and 3,275 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport units, manufactured from 2011 to June 2016. According to a recall message issued by the Vietnam Register, in the rear hatch door filled with gas, the cover of the outer rear door hanger can rust due to insufficient corrosion resistant coating. If it continues to be used in a corrosion-resistant rear door, the cover of the outer tube against the rear door may break as the tube expands during rusting. In the worst case scenario, a person standing around the back door may be injured because the outer tube of the rear door protector ruptures when the back door is opened or can cause the vehicle’s rear door to fall suddenly. For imported vehicles, owners can enjoy service from MMV if receiving confirmation from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. The recall will take place at all agents and authorised dealers of the MMV nationwide from August 1 to July 31, 2019. The check and fix will be free of charge. — VNS ... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan is an expert in the martial art of Aikido. For more than a decade she has held classes for disabled kids in HCM City, bringing hope and friendship to often lonely youngsters.  Lesson in optimism: Aikido martial arts instructor Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan in a class in HCM City. — Photos: Xuan Du/VNS Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan, born in 1947 in the southern province of Long An, started learning Aikido – a modern Japanese martial art, when she was 11. Almost ten years later, she became one of the two first Vietnamese women to earn the internationally-recognised Shodan black belt. She has trained generations of Aikido learners in Viet Nam, especially children. In the last 12 years, she has become better known as a martial arts instructor of children with disabilities in HCM City.  Loan said that the first Aikido class for children with disabilities was opened at the Ky Dong Swimming Club in HCM City’s District 3 in 2005 when the city’s Sports Department established the Martial Arts Association for people with disabilities. There were about 20 visually impaired children in the Aikido class. “It was a new challenge for me at that time because teaching Aikido to normal children is difficult but it is more difficult to teach those with disabilities,” she said. “I was very nervous when I was in charge and teaching the children,” she said, adding that she was most concerned about how to teach the children while…... [read more]

“We will adjust Vien’s competition categories when the Games begin. It depends on the schedule and real situation. The tournament rules allow us to reduce the competition categories of athletes, not increase them,” said Hung. At the 28th Games held in Singapore two years ago, Vien registered for 19 events. However, she only participated in 13 events to focus on her favorite races. Vien, 20, took home eight gold, one silver and one bronze medal to become one of the best performers at the 28th Games, behind only Singapore’s Joseph Isaac Schooling, who claimed gold in all nine disciplines he participated in. Top Vietnamese female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien  To prepare for the Games, Vien took part in the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Hungary but didn’t perform well. She failed in the qualifying round of her strong categories – the women’s 400m medley and 200m medley. However, Hung said Vien and other Vietnamese swimmers will not be focusing on the poor result. “Vien’s goal is the Games in Malaysia,” said Hung. “It is not easy to win gold medals in a tournament which has high competition such as the regional sport event. Coach Hoang Anh Tuan and Vien will have to calculate carefully to partake in the chosen divisions, not affecting physical fitness but still fulfilling the target,” Hung added. According to Nguyen Hong Minh, former Head of the National Sport Administration’s Elite Sport Department, Vien’s poor…... [read more]

WASHINGTON: World number two Simona Halep retired with heat illness while Milos Raonic's title drought reached 19 months after Friday's (Aug 4) loss to Jack Sock in the ATP and WTA Citi Open quarter-finals. File photo of Romania's Simona Halep during the 2017 Wimbledon Championships on Jul 11, 2017. (AFP/Glyn KIRK) A day after complaining that severe heat left her feeling "a bit dead," French Open runner-up Halep quit her quarter-final match in even more scorching conditions, allowing Russian seventh seed Ekaterina Makarova to advance 2-6, 6-3, 1-0. "It was just the heat. I felt a little bit sick and I couldn't continue," Halep said. "I had a headache and I felt sick." Top seed Halep broke Makarova three times to take the first set in 30 minutes, but the Russian battled back to win the second set and broke Halep to open the third. Trainers took Halep's blood pressure and said it was fine but the Romanian had had enough. "Today was really hot," Makarova said. "I was feeling a lot of energy when I came there and the sun took so much energy. After the first set I started putting ice to my face because it was burning. The ice was helping. I was feeling like I could go through the heat. I was fighting to keep going." Halep played the first match each day she played, escaping rain…... [read more]

“The 2017 Games will be a difficult event for us, as the hosts [Malaysia] cut all team events, which are a strong point of Vietnam. As usual, Vietnamese best shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh will compete in three or four categories. However, in this Games, one of Vinh’s key events, center-fire pistol, has also been removed. So Vietnam team only target three golds. If the team can do that, it is a success,’ said Head Coach Nguyen Thi Nhung. At the 28th Games held in Singapore two years ago, Vietnamese shooters contributed 11 golds to Vietnam’s medal count. Vietnam will send 23 shooters competing in 11 out of 14 divisions. Vietnamese best shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh. Photo: Vietnam+ Among three gold medals which Vietnam aim to grab, Vinh is expected to take two. The remaining gold is for Nguyen Xuan Chuyen, Phan Công Minh or Bui Hong Phong. According to the International Shooting Sport Federation rankings, Olympic Rio 2016 gold medalist Vinh still leads the men’s 10m air pistol, while in the 50m air pistol he ranks second after Jin Jongoh from the Republic of Korea. However, Nhung said Vinh’s glory at the Olympics doesn’t ensure that he will earn gold at the regional sports festival, as the shooting’s result depends on many factors. “Each event has different features. Vinh’s Olympic gold medal doesn’t guarantee that he can maintain his elite performance in the regional tournament. His biggest difficulty is…... [read more]

ST ANDREWS: South Korea's Kim In-Kyung fired a second-round 68 on Friday (Aug 4) to lead by two shots at the halfway stage of the Women's British Open, as she seeks to banish the memories of a major meltdown from five years ago. South Korea's Kim In-kyung shelters under an umbrella as she lines up her putt on the 18th green during her second round on day 2 of the 2017 Women's British Open Golf Championship. (AFP/Andy BUCHANAN) American Lexi Thompson, the world number two, and England's Georgia Hall both hit career-best birdie streaks in difficult conditions at Kingsbarns to share second place on nine under. Kim, who famously missed a one-foot putt for a first major victory at the 2012 ANA Inspiration, highlighted her round with an eagle at the long 11th. A birdie in the worst of the weather at the 17th helped her reach an impressive 11 under par for the tournament. "The last four holes were particularly bad," said the 29-year-old of the wild conditions. "I didn't know what I was shooting. I was a bit worried we wouldn't get finished. We had also fallen behind and were warned for slow play. "The weather was about the worst I have played in, but the eagle at the 11th was quite unexpected. I hit a five wood to the front of the green and then the putt went right…... [read more]

PARIS: Neymar started repaying his mammoth transfer fee on the day he was introduced as Paris Saint-Germain's marquee summer signing with the club selling more than 10,000 shirts bearing his name on Friday (Aug 4). A PSG fan holds a PSG yellow away jersey, marked with the number 10 and the name of Brazilian star Neymar, after he purchased it from the Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) football club store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. (AFP/PHILIPPE LOPEZ) The 25-year-old Brazilian was signed from Barcelona for a world record €222 million (US$264 million) but with shirts emblazoned with his name and No. 10 on the back selling at an average of €100, PSG generated €1 million on his first day. If PSG can keep that up, they would have recouped the transfer fee by mid-March, within the first season of Neymar's five-year deal - although in reality that revenue is shared with shirt manufacturer Nike, meaning it would actually take twice as long to pay for the player. Such is the demand for the shirt at one of two PSG stores, on the iconic Champs Elysees boulevard and the team's outlet at their Parc des Princes home, that shoppers on Saturday will be limited to a single jersey each. Neymar is due to be unveiled to the PSG fans on the Parc des Princes pitch on Saturday at 3.45pm (9.45pm Singapore time) ahead of their…... [read more]

At the signing ceremony (Source: thethaovietnam) Hanoi (VNA) - CMG.ASIA Group on August 4 signed a total sponsorship contract worth 1 billion VND to support the Vietnam sports in general and the Vietnam sport delegation participating in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. Attending the signing ceremony were Tran Duc Phan, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Sport Administration, Chef-de-mission of the Vietnam sport delegation; Van Manh, General Serectary of the Vietnam Olympic Committee; Randy Dobson, President of CMG.Asia (California Fitness & Yoga Centres); and leaders, officials and athletes competing in the SEA Games. Following the agreement with the Vietnam Olympic Committee, CMG.Asia will provide 1 billion VND for national athletes who will compete at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30. Apart from 500 million VND in cash, the donor will provide facilities as well as health care and nutrition services for athletes at all studios of CMG.ASIAnationwide. Speaking at the ceremony, Randy Dobson said: "As part of our corporate social responsibility and our mission to help inspire the people of Vietnam to make life better through fitness, CMG.ASIA is honoured to continue working with the Vietnam Olympic Committee to sponsor the Vietnam sports delegation at SEA Games 2017". In the coming time, together with being trained physically in CMG.ASIA centres, Vietnamese athletes will attend other courses on nutrition, solf skills and psychology in order to behave professionally with the public and media.-VNA... [read more]




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