SEA Games: Vietnam wins 16th gold medal in track and field

Captain Dang Thi Kieu Trinh has announced her retirement after winning the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games women’s football event in Malaysia. Goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh and her gold medal in her last SEA Games. - Photo xevathethao.vn Trinh, 31, burst into tears during her interview with reporters at the UiTM Shah Alam Stadium while the Vietnamese team were waiting for the victory ceremony on Thursday. Viet Nam won the tournament after ranking first in the round robin format five-team tournament. The top position could only be decided after the last round matches. Viet Nam beat Malaysia 6-0 while Thailand won 3-1 against the Philippines. Viet Nam topped with 10 points, the same as Thailand, but won the title due to better goal difference. Defending champions Thailand ranked second and Myanmar were third. “It has been eight years, I now have such a happy feeling,” Trinh, who has been playing football since she was 13, said. “It is great to win the tournament. Each championship title is an important part of my life. But this one is more meaningful as it is my last SEA Games,” the goalkeeper, who conceded only two goals in four matches at this tournament, said. During her 13 years with the national team, Trinh, from Dong Thap Province who plays for HCM City FC, won three gold and two silver medals at five consecutive…... [read more]

A photo of the seminar on the joint civilisation heritage of Vietnam and India  Speeches delivered at the seminar focused on clarifying culture-related connection in the past between Vietnam and India, exploring each country’s efforts to preserve their cultural heritage, and improving public awareness of and responsibility for conserving and promoting the two countries’ joint civilization heritage. Director General of India’s National Museum B.R. Mani provided participants with an insight into the bilateral cultural relations reflected in architecture, sculpture and handwritings in India and the ancient kingdom of Champa of Vietnam. Venerable Thich Duc Thien, General Secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, emphasized that typical Buddhist sites in the three regions of Vietnam, including Phat Tich pagoda in the north, the Dong Duong Buddhist Institute in the central region, and Buddhist objects found at Oc Eo cultural relic sites in the south, show connection with India’s culture. Associate Professor and Doctor Thanh Phan from the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City stressed the need to have a specific research program and conservation project to promote the value of India’s civilization heritage in the life of the Cham ethnic group in Vietnam. Source: VNA... [read more]

Written by editor-in-chief of the Monitor Oltenia newspaper Cristian Toma, the book reflects his experience of Vietnam during a fact-finding tour of the country. Admiration for the beauty of Vietnamese nature and people, and the development of the country feature in the first part of the book. “Vietnam: Peace, Integration and Development” is published by the Romanian Craiova University Publishing House  The following part provides an insight into Vietnam’s geographical location, political institutions, culture, history, religion, art, festivals, cuisine and tourist attractions. Notably, the author stressed that Vietnam has improved its position in the international arena and has contributed to regional and international forums like ASEAN and the UN. The Doi moi (Reform) process in the past three decades helped Vietnam gain comprehensive development in economy and politics, improving the livelihoods of its people, according to the book. Regarding the East Sea issue, Toma gave legal and historical proof affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. The book is billed as an encyclopedia about Vietnam and is expected to bring the country’s culture, people and achievements closer to Romanian readers. Previously, Toma wrote about Vietnam in Romanian media such as editie.ro and monitoruldeoltenia.com. Source: VNA... [read more]

PARIS: Neymar for once played a more restricted role as Edinson Cavani scored twice and Thiago Motta once in Paris Saint-Germain's comfortable 3-0 home win over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Friday (Aug 25). Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani shoots and scores his second goal during their match against Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on Aug 25 in Paris. (Photo: AFP/Franck Fife) The world's most expensive player - scorer of three goals in his first two games since his €222 million (US$261 million) move from Barcelona - still had a considerable influence, with his pass preceding the foul on Cavani that led to a first-half penalty scored by the Uruguayan. And it was following a Neymar free-kick that Motta netted a rare goal after half-time to make it two before Cavani completed the win at the death as PSG maintained their perfect start to the French season with four wins from four outings. "We have achieved our objective of being top of the table after this game," said PSG coach Unai Emery. "This match has given us lots of information about how to improve and to help Neymar adapt to the league and the different opponents. He felt really good in the first two matches. This was different but it will help him learn." Saint-Etienne had travelled to the Parc des Princes with a perfect record and without having conceded a goal in their…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese taekwondo athletes pocketed three bronze medals at the Chinese Taipei’s Summer Universiade on Monday. Vietnamese taekwondo athletes claim one gold and three bronze medals from the Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei. — Photo Facebook Nguyen Thanh Huy In the women’s team poomsae (performance) category, Viet Nam’s Chau Tuyet Van, Nguyen Thi Le Kim and Ngo Thi Thuy Dung grabbed 7.680 points to stand third. Chinese Taipei had the same points but were announced the silver medallists. South Korea were on top with 7.900 points.  In the men’s team poomsae, the trio of Nguyen Thien Phung, Ho Thanh Phong and Hua Van Huy finished third, together with Iran, with 7.570 points. South Korea won the gold with 7.860 points. Chinese Taipei were second with 7.578 points. In the mixed pair event, Van and Phung could not overcome athletes from the host country and South Korea, who placed first and second, respectively. The taekwondo athletes wrapped up their tournament in two days with one gold for Le Kim in the women’s individual poomsae and three bronzes. According to coach Nguyen Thanh Huy, the performances were unexpected and the best result of Vietnamese students at the Universiade, so far. Viet Nam have participated in the world’s largest sports event for students since 1979, but it is the first time the team have won a gold. Previously, they bagged a bronze in taekwondo in Thailand in 2007. Since then, the delegation has won medals at all editions of the tournament…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Gymnast Dang Nam defended his title in the men’s rings event at the 29th Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday morning. Dang Nam performs in the Sea Games. — Photo zing.vn Nam displayed a perfect performance and scored 13.400 points. His veteran teammate Pham Phuoc Hung came second with 13.550 points. Both athletes had secured the same positions at the Singapore SEA Games two years ago. The bronze went to Dwi Samsul Arifin of Indonesia. Coach Truong Tuan Hien said he was not surprised with Nam’s victory. His high score was expected because Nam has reached world level. Earlier, Vietnamese gymnasts did not succeed in the floor and pommel horse events. In wushu, Pham Quoc Khanh bagged his second silver in the men’s nanquan (southern-style boxing), earning 9.66 points. Mun Hua Ho of the hosts won the gold, only 0.01 point higher than Khanh. Md Sufi Shayiran of Brunei was at third.  Khanh’s first silver was from the nangun and nandao combination event on Monday. Nguyen Thuy Linh picks her second SEA Games silver. — Photo tienphong.vn His teammate Nguyen Thuy Linh also won her second silver, coming second in the women’s nandao and nangun combination. Indonesian Juwita Niza was the champion while Vietnamese Nguyen Thuc Anh claimed the bronze. Wushu will continue today with two-time winner Duong Thuy Vi participating in the women’s changquan event. She is expected to complete her gold hat-trick after earlier winning in the qiangshu and jianshu events. Other events of wushu that…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The biggest and most comprehensive-ever book collection on the history of Viet Nam has just hit bookcases throughout the country. A vast tome: The 15-episode collection Lịich Su Viet Nam is now available at bookstores at the prize of nearly VND5 million (US$222). -- Photo daibieunhandan.vn Titled Lich Su Viet Nam, the 15-episode collection was printed for the first time by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences in 2015 with a limited number of 500 copies. The book was awarded Best Book in 2015 by the IRED Institute of Education and Phan Chau Trinh Foundation. “This very first reprint will help the 10,000-page collection serve a wider audience,” said Vu Duong Thuy Nga, head of the Library Department within the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. “The collection will be sent to public libraries all over the country this time.” According to Dinh Quang Hai, rector of Viet Nam History Institute, the collection covering Vietnamese history from early times to the year 2000 was a ministry-level research project hosted by the institute. “The collection builds on basic knowledge in previous studies on the matter, besides focusing on including the most recent research by experts from history, archaeology, ethnology, religion and culture,” he said. Tran Duc Cuong, chairman of Viet Nam Association of History Science, stressed that the collection includes more details on two border wars between 1975 and 1988. “The southwest border war is very clear. After we gained the reunification in 1975, the Pol Pot-allied…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Karate is back in the SEA Games this August, following its absence in Singapore two years ago. Nguyen Thi Hong Anh in a training shift in Ha Noi. She is the national hope for karate gold medal at the SEA Games. — Photo zing.vn Viet Nam’s athletes are hoping to secure four gold medals and stay in the top three after a successful 2016 season. Malaysia, the hosts, would be the biggest challenge. They topped the medal tally at the 27th Games in Myanmar winning seven out of 17 titles, while Viet Nam bagged three to stand second. The young martial artists, it is hoped, will make a bang. “Our team are in the process of rejuvenation. However, the athletes have made remarkable improvement, especially the women. It is the reason we believe we will win gold medals in Kuala Lumpur,” Vu Son Ha, head of Karate Department of the National Sports Administration, said. Athletes have been summoned from the beginning the year. They are aged 18-20 in the kumite (combat) team and 16-20 in the kata (performance) squad. Many of them have bagged medals from continental and world events in the last two years. Nguyen Thi Ngoan is one of the best athletes in the kumite team, trained by Iranian Sayed Hassan Shaterzadeh. She won a bronze at the Karate1-Premier League, the world’s most important league event, in the women’s 61kg in April. Ngoan also pocketed a gold medal from the Asian championship for U21 athletes…... [read more]

Nguyen Thi Hong Anh in a training shift in Hanoi. She is the national hope for karate gold medal at the SEA Games. (Source: zing.vn)   Hanoi (VNA) - Karate is back in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 29) this August, following its absence in Singapore two years ago. Vietnam’s athletes are hoping to secure four gold medals and stay in the top three after a successful 2016 season.  Malaysia, the hosts, would be the biggest challenge. They topped the medal tally at the 27th Games in Myanmar, winning seven out of 17 titles, while Vietnam bagged three to stand second.  The young martial artists, it is hoped, will make a bang. “Our team are in the process of rejuvenation. However, the athletes have made remarkable improvement, especially the women. It is the reason we believe we will win gold medals in Kuala Lumpur,” said Vu Son Ha, head of Karate Department of the National Sports Administration.  Athletes have been summoned from the beginning the year. They are aged 18-20 in the kumite (combat) team and 16-20 in the kata (performance) squad. Many of them have bagged medals from continental and world events in the last two years. Nguyen Thi Ngoan is one of the best athletes in the kumite team, trained by Iranian Sayed Hassan Shaterzadeh. She won a bronze at the Karate1-Premier League, the world’s most important league event, in the women’s 61kg in April. Ngoan…... [read more]

Vietnam’s athletes are hoping to secure four gold medals and stay in the top three after a successful 2016 season. Malaysia, the hosts, would be the biggest challenge. They topped the medal tally at the 27th Games in Myanmar winning seven out of 17 titles, while Vietnam bagged three to stand second. The young martial artists, it is hoped, will make a bang. “Our team are in the process of rejuvenation. However, the athletes have made remarkable improvement, especially the women. It is the reason we believe we will win gold medals in Kuala Lumpur,” Vu Son Ha, head of Karate Department of the National Sports Administration, said. Athletes have been summoned from the beginning the year. They are aged 18-20 in the kumite (combat) team and 16-20 in the kata (performance) squad. Many of them have bagged medals from continental and world events in the last two years. Nguyen Thi Ngoan is one of the best athletes in the kumite team, trained by Iranian Sayed Hassan Shaterzadeh. She won a bronze at the Karate1-Premier League, the world’s most important league event, in the women’s 61kg in April. Ngoan also pocketed a gold medal from the Asian championship for U21 athletes last year. In addition, the fighter, who competes in the women’s 68kg class, won a title at the Southeast Asian championship in the same year. Later on, she was fourth in the world tournament. Nguyen Thi Hong Anh is another medal hope. She earned…... [read more]




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