SEA Games 29: Vietnamese marathon runner pockets silver

(TITC) – On 15 August, in Ha Noi, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien had a meeting with Mr. Zamruni Khalid – Malaysian Ambassador to Viet Nam. On the occasion of the 29th SEA Games to take place in Malaysia from 19-31 August, Mr. Zamruni Khalid invited Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien to attend the opening ceremony and wished Vietnamese sport delegation to win high prizes at the biggest sport event in Southeast Asia. He also appreciated the relay in response to the 29th SEA Games held in Ha Noi in April which contributed to promote the event to Vietnamese people. Accepting the invitation of the Ambassador and expressing thankfulness for his wish, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien stressed that Vietnamese sport delegation attending the 29th SEA Games not only strived for best results, but also hoped to learn more about the organization of such events. Aiming to strengthen cooperation on the field of culture, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien suggested the two sides should support each orther to organize art performances, exhibitions, cultural festivals, particularly in the year 2018 celebrating 45th anniversary of Viet Nam - Malaysia diplomatic relation. At the meeting, the two sides also agreed to continue boosting tourism cooperation through promotion activities, connecting tours, human resource training and travel facilitation. In recent years, the number of visitors travelling between Viet Nam and Malaysia has been increasing thanks to visa exemption from September 2001 and convenient air connection.…... [read more]

NDO – After the first medal won by Chau Kieu Oanh, Vietnamese female archers won another silver medal in the women’s team compound category at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 17. >>> Female archer brings home first medal for Vietnam at 2017 SEA Games In the final match against the host country of Malaysia this morning, trio Chau Kieu Oanh, Le Ngoc Huyen and Nguyen Thi Nhat Le competed excellently and only lost to Malaysia by 1 point in the last shot. The start was not good for Vietnam as the trio allowed the Malaysian players take the lead after the first shot. Stepping in the second shot, the distance continues to widen to 2 points (110-112). At the 3rd round, the Malaysian archers played well when they repeatedly hit the bull’s eye. After this round, Vietnamese players scored 166 points against 169 by Malaysia. A surprise occurred in the fourth shot, as Vietnam leveled the score by winning 30 points, while Malaysia only scored 27 points. The deuce of 225-225 forced the two teams to enter the “gold arrows” round to determine who won the gold medal, with each archer scoring only one decisive shot. However, in the climatic final round, the Vietnamese team lost 27-28 to the host and brought home the second silver medal to the Vietnamese delegation. A day earlier, Chau Kieu Oanh won a silver medal in the women’s individual compound event, the first medal for Vietnam in…... [read more]

  Hoang Xuan Vinh, Vietnam's high hope at SEA Games 29 (Source: VNA)​ Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 100 43-inch smart TVs, worth over 1.6 billion VND (70,400 USD) in total, will be awarded to Vietnamese gold medalists at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 29) to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 19-30. The sponsorship programme was signed by Nguyen Kim Trading Joint Stock Company and Samsung Vietnam in Hanoi on August 11. Tran Duc Phan, head of Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation, said Vietnamese athletes are expected to win between 49-59 gold medals, adding that the gifts will create a great motivation for the athletes. Meanwhile, Tran Van Manh, Secretary General of the Vietnam Olympics Committee (VOC), lauded the timely sponsorship and encouragement of sponsors, saying that Vietnamese athletes had promised to do their best to earn gold medals and bring glory home. VOC has so far received support from 11 sponsors for the Vietnamese sport delegation to SEA Games 29, he added. According to the organizers of SEA Games 29, the event will draw around 6,000 athletes from 11 nations in Southeast Asia, competing in 38 sports with 405 categories. Vietnam’s delegation includes 476 athletes competing in 32 sports, and aims to rank among the top nations at the games.-VNA  ... [read more]

NDO –Over 5,000 people joined a walk at Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, on the morning of August 6, to support the launch and the participation of the Vietnamese sporting delegation at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Olympic Committee and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports. Speaking at the event, Tran Duc Phan, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Sport Administration and Chef-de-mission of the Vietnam sport delegation, said that the Vietnamese sporting delegation will compete at the 29th SEA Games, to be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 11 to September 1, and comprises of 681 of members, including 476 athletes. Vietnamese athletes will compete in 32 out of the 38 sports and have set a goal of winning at least 60 gold medals to rank third place, Phan added. In particular, the Vietnamese sporting delegation has 200 members from the South of the country who will compete in 14 out of the 38 sports and will strive to win 10 to 12 gold medals in athletics, swimming and gymnastics. In addition to the walk, the sporting delegation from the South also participated in a Taekwondo musical performance, artistic performances and other sporting activities. ... [read more]

Tran Duc Phan, vice head of the General Sports Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and chief of the Vietnamese sports delegation to Singapore, announced the estimate at a recent meeting. With 420 athletes to compete in 27 out of 36 sports categories at the 28th SEA Games, Vietnam sets a target to stand in top three on the medal tally of the sporting festival, which is organized every two years. Thailand, Indonesia, and the host Singapore are forecast to be strong rivals against Vietnam for the target. Vietnam has sent 18 teams on overseas training trips to prepare for the event. Swimmers and runners are training in the US. and Japan, shooters in the Republic of Korea, rowers in Singapore, gymnasts in Canada, and wushu and table tennis players in China. The cost of food and accommodation for each athlete at the forthcoming tournament is US$50 a day, plus an additional US$20 for other daily spending. Sports Minister Hoang Tuan Anh officially submitted on Thursday a document to the central government to ask for their permission to organize the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam at the request of the Southeast Asian Games Federation. At the 27th SEA Games in 2013, Vietnam ranked third in the overall medal standings with 73 gold medals, 86 silvers, and 86 bronzes, after Thailand with 107 golds and the host Myanmar with 86 golds.... [read more]

Dinh Viet Hung, general secretary of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association (VASA), said some events Vien registered for were arranged for competition within the same day and it may badly affect her health. “As the host of the tournament, Singapore owns the rights to arrange the competition schedule. “It is normal and participants must accept it,” Hung said, adding that the schedule was issued a long time ago. The coaching board of Vietnam has to make careful preparations to specially assist Vien when she takes part in three to four races a day. On her first competition day on June 6, Vien is to compete in two races for the women’s 800m freestyle at either 9:05 am or 7:05 pm, and women’s individual 400m at 9:19 am. That means she may only have 14 minutes to rest if she is scheduled to perform at both events in the morning. The following day, Vien competes in two events, the women’s 200m backstroke and women’s 200m individual, which take place just nine minutes apart. Admitting that these challenges are normal, Tran Duc Phan, head of the Vietnamese sports delegation to Singapore, said he will report the difficulties to the organizing board during a meeting on May 20. It is not an isolated case. The Vietnamese cycling team has not received confirmation of whether their route will be through hilly or flat terrain. Anh Vien is a swimming star for Vietnam. At the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, she won three gold medals.…... [read more]

The Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Public Security to clarify the match-fixing scandal by several Vietnamese football players at the recent 23rd Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines and report the results to him by January 15, 2006. In an official letter to the ministry on December 19, the Prime Minister also asked the ministry to clarify the responsibility of individuals and relevant management agencies relating to the case in the Philippines, as well as other negative behaviour by referees in the domestic football championships last year. The same day, Prime Minister spokesperson Nguyen Kinh Quoc said that the case is capturing great public attention and the Prime Minister asked the investigative agency to launch a probe into the case cautiously and lawfully to gather and make public all relevant concerning evidence. The PM also ordered the Ministry of Public Security to duly punish players according to the law if they are found guilty. Striker Van Quyen confesses receiving payment Striker Van Quyen, who was among suspects of the match-fixing case, confessed on December 19 that he had received more than VND20 million in Ho Chi Minh City upon his return from the Philippines. Quyen has been summoned to work with the investigative agency for the past five days and asked to participate in on-going interrogations until the case is brought to light. The same day, investigative police continued to question Van Quyen, Hai Lam, Quoc Vuong and Van Truong. Hai Lam said Van Quyen induced him to…... [read more]

He made the statement while visiting the SEA Games Athletes Village to send his best regards to the Vietnamese sports delegation in Vientiane on December 9. The PM highlighted efforts made by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in general and sports sector in particular in organizing the third Indoor Games successfully and thoroughly preparing for the 25th SEA Games. He stated that sports has not only contributed to developing Vietnamese people comprehensively but also to strengthening solidarity, and friendship with other nations in the world. PM Dung expressed hope that the Vietnamese sports delegation will obey the laws of the host country, the regulations set by the organizing board as well as striving to gain the highest achievements in all the respective competitions. Tran Van Quynh, head of the Vietnamese SEA Games delegation affirmed that more than 650 members of the delegation will compete in all events during the games. All athletes have fully prepared for competitions and are determined to do their best to gain the highest scores in the most noble, honest, and humble spirit of friendship. This evening, PM Dung and his wife will attend an opening ceremony of the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane.... [read more]

The city athletes clinched 19 gold, 17 silver and 30 bronze medals, helping Vietnam secure the third place at the Games. The Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee, Hua Ngoc Thuan lauded the athletes’ contributions to the success of the Vietnamese sports delegation at the Games and said that the city will invest more in key sporting events and school sports to encourage new talents for the future. Representatives from the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism conferred Labour Orders on chess players Le Quang Liem and Lam Minh Chau for their brilliant performance at the 26th SEA Games. The Municipal People’s Committee granted certificates of merit to 56 individuals and rewards of VND45million for a gold medal, VND25 million for a silver and VND15 million for a bronze. The city’s department of Culture, Sports and Tourism also presented certificates of merit to nine collectives and 108 individuals for their outstanding achievements at the SEA Games.... [read more]

The gold medalists were Pham Thi Binh in the women’s marathon event, Nguyen Tien Cuong in the men’s 50m archery, Le Thi An and Tran Thi Sam on the women’s double rowing event, and Mai Nguyen Hung, Trinh Duc Tam, Le Van Duan and Nguyen Thanh Tam in the men’s team 100m cycling. In the women’s double rowing, Vietnamese duo Pham Thi Thao and Pham Thi Hai won a silver medal. Weight-lifter Tran Van Hoa also bagged a silver medal for Vietnam in the men’s 94kg category. Another silver medal was won by male rowers Nguyen Dinh Huy, Duong Thanh Binh, Pham Minh Chinh and Nguyen Van Linh. In the sepak takraw event, Vietnamese athletes secured a bronze medal after losing to rivals Myanmar and Thailand. Vietnam is currently ranking second, only to Thailand, in the 27th SEA Games’ medal tally, with 40 gold, 34 silver, and 42 bronze medals. The host nation Myanmar is currently ranking third. The Vietnamese sporting delegation is hopeful their outstanding swimmers Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, Hoang Quy Phuoc, Phan Lam Yen and Phan Gia Man will also achieve gold medals after qualifying for the finals.SEA Games medal tally on December 16 morning:... [read more]

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