Top motorbike riders to race in Da Nang

More than 5,000 athletes and tourists will race on August 6 in the annual Manulife Danang International Marathon, one of the biggest sport events in central Vietnam. The race’s organisers told Vietnam News that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Danang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Danang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Danang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on Saturday, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and walkers over 50’, will also join the race to promote a healthy lifestyle and to give a voice to older runners and walkers. “We are proud to bring a Marathon to Danang,…... [read more]

Top Vietnamese female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien will compete in 10-12 categories with the aim of earning 8-10 gold medals at the upcoming 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, according to Dinh Viet Hung, general secretary of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association (VASA). “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 favourite 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. 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 the 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…... [read more]

Quan họ (love duet) singing on boat will be held every Saturday evening in northern Bắc Ninh Province, Nguyễn Tử Quỳnh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said. Quan họ (love duet) performance will be staged every Saturday evening in Bắc Ninh Province. - Photo The performances will be staged on two lakes in front of office buildings of the provincial Committee of the Party and People Council at 8pm. The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism takes charge of organising the performances, aimed at popularising quan họ not only among local tourists, but also foreigners. Quan họ is an art form that combines various elements, including music, lyrics and costumes, and features the distinctive culture of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bắc. It was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.  The singing represents different kinds of relationships -- the relationship between male and female singers as romantic lovers, the relationship between two friendly villages and the relationship between performers and the audience. Each element helps define quan họ, give it life and meaning, and the resulting harmony is so much more than just a beautiful song. Source VNA ... [read more]

A gathering of 172 motorcycle riders, including eight women, will race in the second Yamaha Grand Prix Motorbike Race at the central city’s track on Sunday. Professional riders in a race in Cần Thơ province. - Photo courtesy of Lục Phong Motor Club The event’s organising committee made the announcement to Việt Nam News yesterday, stating that riders from clubs in 10 provinces and cities nationwide will compete over a tough 500m course located near September 2nd Street in Đà Nẵng. Competitors will race on a zigzag track for nine laps in four categories of Yamaha bikes including Sirius, Exciter, Cygnus and 150cc sport bike. The Việt Nam Cycling and Motor Federation said participants will compete in two divisions for amateur and professional racers, running from 8am till 4pm on Sunday. It’s the second time that the race has been held in Việt Nam for motorbike riders and athletes. The first Yamaha Grand Prix was held in Bình Dương Province last year with men’s and women’s riders competing in nine categories divided into three divisions for 115cc-, 125cc- and 150cc-engines for both professionals and amateurs. Đà Nẵng also hosted the first Việt Nam Motor Club Prix with the participation of 50 professionals and amateurs competing in two categories of 125cc motorcycles with two-stroke and four-stroke engines in 2012. In February, Italian motorcycle racing icon Valentino Rossi paid a visit to Việt…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The on-going official visit to Vietnam by Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army Vilay Lakhamphong will contribute to enhancing the special relations between the two countries, particularly in terms of the bilateral defence cooperation, for the benefits of their people. Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing the activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of the meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help to increase mutual trust and educate younger generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity that exists between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. Lakhamphong expressed his belief that the sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing the trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies, as well as helping to maintain the peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in Party, political work, and protecting internal politics, while stepping up communications…... [read more]

PARIS: Brazilian superstar Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday (Aug 1) evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on Jul 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (AFP/HECTOR RETAMAL) The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris. He has remained silent while rumours swirl that he will join the French club, who are reportedly ready to pay the €222 million (US$260 million) buyout clause in his contract at the Camp Nou. Neymar, who was in Shanghai on Monday fulfilling a sponsor's engagement, had also posted a photo on Instagram with the caption in Portuguese: "Lunch at half-way". In another video posted from an aeroplane, Neymar joked around with an image messaging app that superimposed a Spanish flag and a small plane on his tee-shirt - suggesting he was indeed headed home to Barcelona. The decor in that video was identifiable as from an Emirates aeroplane. Earlier reports claimed that he was headed from China to Doha to meet PSG's Qatari owners and pass a medical before a world-record transfer. But his being on an Emirates plane ruled out Doha as a possible…... [read more]

The 13th Viet Nam Motor Show has opened in HCM City. Cars on display at the 13th Viet Nam Motor Show held in HCM City. - VNS Photo Thu Ngan Showcasing their latest products are 12 renowned auto brands as well as leaders in transportation, components, technology, and related services. With the theme “Connected technology for smart moving”, the exhibition this time concentrates on connected technology with over 80 models and engines from Chevrolet, Ford, Do Thanh, Fuso, Honda, Isuzu, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki and Toyota. The show also underlines the role of technology in modern life, with the innovation of new technologies and their application in modern automobile engineering enabling smoother and more comfortable mobility. The show offers an opportunity for 50 companies that represent the nation’s automotive sector and related automotive services. Visitors can, besides seeing the latest cars, also get professional advice and test drive various kinds of vehicles. Ford has brought its all-new Explorer 2017 and all of its other products with advanced technologies. The other vehicles on display include Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Do Thanh IZ49, Fuso Rosa with advanced bus technologies, Honda Jazz, Isuzu Motorhome, Lexus Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz E and C classes, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan X-Trail, Suzuki Ciaz, and the 2017 Toyota Fortuner. “The progressive change in living standards and lifestyles will ultimately translate into a surge in automobile demand in the coming…... [read more]

MIAMI: David Beckham is "at the finish line" in his quest to obtain approval for a Major League Soccer expansion club in Miami, MLS commissioner Don Garber told the Miami Herald. Former English footballer David Beckham's Miami soccer expansion bid is on the agenda at an MLS owners meeting on Wednesday in Chicago AFP/Glyn KIRK Beckham's expansion bid is on the agenda at an MLS owners meeting on Wednesday in Chicago. They could vote to approve the deal and end a saga of more than 3 1/2 years during which Beckham has struggled to find a stadium site and secure the land for a venue to house the team his signing with the league in 2007 allowed him to own at a discounted rate of $25 million. "We are at the finish line after nine years of work to be sure, if we go to Miami, we get it right," Garber told the Herald on Tuesday. "David had an option, but that option couldn't be exercised without having him satisfy all the things that all team owners need to satisfy -? the right capital structure with his partners, the right stadium plan, the right marketing and business plans -- and we're at that point where I think we are getting ready to make the decisions internally to go forward." Garber did not say he expected full approval of the deal on Wednesday,…... [read more]

Seed-stage financing has been sliding for the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since the peak in mid-2015, data show. Dollar investments in fledgling companies have also declined, although less dramatically, dropping more than 24 percent over the same period. The slowdown comes despite an explosion of interest by wealthy individuals and foreign investors looking to park money in the next big thing. And it has potentially big implications for Silicon Valley. Early-stage funding is the lifeblood of a technology ecosystem built on risk-taking. Denied critical resources in infancy, companies can't hope to scale quickly enough to unseat incumbent industries and grow into the next Uber Technologies Inc or Airbnb. "The reason why startups are disrupting companies in the 21st Century is not because they are smarter. It's because they have capital to do so," said Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and adjunct professor at Stanford University. Early-stage investors, known in Silicon Valley vernacular as seed and angel investors, often act as farm teams do in sports. They provide the first significant money and mentoring to help entrepreneurs prove their technology and hit milestones needed to attract even bigger investments from venture capitalists later on. But the zeal that prevailed just two years ago has faded. Seed and angel investors completed about 900 deals in the second quarter, down from roughly 1,100 deals in the second quarter of 2016 and close to 1,500 deals during that time period in 2015, according…... [read more]

Twelve youth athletes start world-class training in ThailandLe Hoang Following the collaboration between HCMC Badminton Association and Thailand’s SCG to offer world-class training for potential youth players, 12 players and two coaches have started their training program at SCG Badminton Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. From the beginning of the program, the players are introduced to the new training methods, high standard equipment and training courts, and learn how to apply sports science under the guidance from SCG experts, aiming for higher performance in international competitions. The players have started specially-designed training courses based on their individual strengths and weaknesses as analyzed by SCG experts and coaches to enhance their strong points and to develop their full potentials.       Under the collaboration, the training program from SCG Badminton Academy applies principles of sport science in various aspects of physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and nutrition. A rigorous training, especially in badminton, is key to success because it requires good fundamental movement skills.    Charoen Krabuanrat, head of the Academy of Sport Sciences, says in a statement that top-notch sports science is introduced at the academy. “At SCG Badminton Academy, we bring knowledge of sports science from the world here to improve training methods for athletes as well as teach coaches, athletes and professionals to understand and correctly apply the knowledge of sport sciences in the profession,” he is quoted as saying. Van Tuan Kiet, a Vietnamese coach escorting players in Thailand, said in the statement that with the trip, “we’re updating our current methods…... [read more]

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