Vietnamese flag flies at SEA Games 29

 The expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 from September 7-9, according the organization board at the press conference in the city on August 15. Journalists come from Thailand, Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China), Germany, India, New Zealand, Netherland and others. To date, more than 26 countries and territories worldwide featuring 262 display booths, such as Australia, China, Germany, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more have registered to participate in the event. The expo is expected to attract ten thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. The event is an opportunity for travel agents, hotels and representatives from tourism promotion agencies to publicize their brands and offer tourist products to local and international travelers. It also aims to promote potentials, key tourism products and strengthen cooperation among countries in the Mekong River region. The expo also includes many promotional programs, seminar of Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE), seminar about introducing major tourism markets, Vietnam-Italia tourism discussion. Started in 2005, the ITE has become one of the leading travel events in Vietnam and the region with expanded scale and diversified activities, such as exhibition, meeting between Buyer and Seller and others, promotional programs The annual event is co-organized by the HCM City People’s Committee, the ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. By THI HONG – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

Vietnamese flag flies at a flag-hoisting ceremony for SEA Games 29 held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 16 (Photo: VNA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) –A 681-strong Vietnamese delegation to the Southeast Asia Games 29 (SEA Games 29) took part in a flag-hoisting ceremony held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 16. The ceremony officially marks the presence of Vietnamese competitors at the region’s largest sport events. More than 470 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, including four paid games of bowling, hockey, cricket and synchronised swimming. According to Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan, who is head of Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation, the Vietnamese athletes will strive to pocket 49-59 gold medals to rank in the top group at the biennial event. Earlier, Vietnam targeted a goal of at least 65 golds and then adjusted it as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove events of Vietnam’s strength like wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting. The delegation will also make utmost efforts to effectively perform the role as a goodwill ambassador of Vietnam to the people of Southeast Asian countries, Phan added. In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam stood third, with 73 golds, 53 silvers and 60 bronzes. The 29th SEA Games will see the participation of 4,888 athletes from the ten ASEAN member countries.-VNA... [read more]

Female students play rugby (Photo: ChildFund Vietnam) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s disadvantaged children will be provided with soft skills like communication, leadership, support, and settlement of negative pressure and contradiction through the “Pass It Back” programme, which uses rugby to build resilience among young people. The programme is developed by the ChildFund Australia, a non-profit organisation working for poverty alleviation for children in developing countries, as heard a press conference in Hanoi on August 15. Under the “Pass It Back” curriculum, children and young people with little or no access to organised sports will be equipped to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and pass it back to their communities. According to Deborah Leaver, Country Director of ChildFund Vietnam, the sport brings a new approach to promote gender equality as there is no rule about gender of the players. Thus, the programme will help boys and girls have equal opportunities to develop life skills. Bui Thi Tang, a rugby player in Kim Boi district of Hoa Binh province, said that: “Through activities in Pass It Back, I feel more confident to share my points and more responsible for tackling contradiction among the group’s members.” She said her team, with 6 players, would set off for the Asia Rugby Championship in Iceland on August 16. ChildFund’s Pass it Back programme was set up for children living in rural and remote villages of Laos and Vietnam, who face significant challenges in terms of poverty…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam is taking some of their best athletes to the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia this August, but it is little known that many have some interesting tales to tell. High hopes: Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien will shoulder the heaviest duty at the SEA Games. — File Photo At the Kuala Lumpur event, the men’s basketball team will be captained by 37-year-old Nguyen Manh Hung, who is a five-time SEA Games champion in taekwondo. Hung, who stands 1.80m tall, was trained to be a volleyball player at the age of 14 in Thanh Hoa Province. However, he shifted to practise taekwondo when the volleyball team disbanded because of a budget crunch three months later. He is well-known as the best athlete in the region in the above 80kg category. Hung found it hard to challenge a worthy rival who could beat him, leading to his triumph at the SEA Games five times in a row from 1999 to 2007. After retirement, Hung worked as a coach and became the head of Thanh Hoa’s Taekwondo Department. “When I was an athlete, coaches asked me to play basketball as a kind of exercise to strengthen my physique. However, the more I played it, the more I loved it,” said Hung, who trained in basketball regularly, apart from spending time on taekwondo, football, tennis and the catwalk as a model. He surprised everyone when he joined Saigon Heat to play professional basketball in 2014. After three years…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Cuong is expected to win the country’s first gold medal in the men’s individual three-string bow (compound) event at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia today. Straight shooter: Nguyen Tien Cuong will compete in the men’s individual three-string bow event at the SEA Games in Malaysia. — Photo vcmedia.vn At the Games, archery and eight other events including football, futsal, swimming and sepak takraw will kick off before the official opening ceremony on August 19. The remaining events will begin following the festivities. Cuong is considered the most experience member of the archery team, with 14 years of training and competition under his belt. He is world No 72 and is the highest ranked archer in Southeast Asia. Hanoian Cuong marked a milestone for Vietnamese archery by winning a gold medal at the 27th Games held in 2013 in Myanmar. The sport is usually dominated by Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The victory marked the first individual gold medal for Viet Nam. Two years ago, at the 28th Games held in Singapore, he came home with gold again. “I am not afraid of pressure at the Games. I will try my best to achieve the best result during the event,” said Cuong. Born in 1988, Cuong became familiar with the three-string bow in 2003 when Viet Nam began partaking in this sport. During the 19th, 20th and 22nd editions of the Games, the Vietnamese archers walked away without any awards, but at…... [read more]

Fifteen women rugby players from marginalized communities in Asia, including five from Vietnam, are heading to the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast to play in the ChildFund Pass It Back Cup, in the lead up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. ChildFund Pass It Back is an innovative Sport for Development program led by ChildFund in partnership with World Rugby, Asia Rugby, and Women Win, delivering an integrated life skills and rugby curriculum for children and young people in disadvantaged communities across Asia. Players from Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam will play under the banner of the South-East Asian Dragons and compete with teams from Belfast in the ChildFund Pass It Back Cup 2017 Belfast, a tag rugby event, at Belfast Harlequins RFC on August 21, the day before the Women’s Rugby World Cup Semi-Final. The event is supported by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). “ChildFund Pass It Back was established for young people who face significant poverty and have few, if any, opportunities to get involved in organized sport,” said Mr. Chris Mastaglio, Director of ChildFund Pass It Back. “For young girls, the obstacles are even greater. This is a program that prioritizes gender equity and the inclusion of girls, so we decided to hold this event in the lead-up to the Women’s Rugby Cup Final to highlight how women and girls’ rugby is developing across the world.” To date, more than 3,000 children and young people in Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam have benefitted from their…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnamese female archer Chau Kieu Oanh bagged the first medal for the Vietnam sport team at the on-going 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 16. >>> Vietnamese flag flies at SEA Games 29 >>> SEA Games 29: Vietnamese shooters aim for three golds >>> Vietnamese athletics expected to repeat 2015 SEA Games miracle in Malaysia >>> Vietnamese swimming towards another successful SEA Games Oanh competed well to progress to the finals of the three-string bow event alongside her Indonesian rival Sri Ranti, as they experienced a tense final competition with five series of shots, including three turns each. In the first series, Oanh won 27 points with three shots hitting the nine points, while Ranti recorded 30 points by hitting the bull's eye three times. In the second series, Oanh tied 28-28 with her rival to keep the gap at 55-58. Oanh’s efforts in the third series brought her a perfect 30 points to bring her to within two points (85-87). In series 4, the two archers were again on a par with 29-29. However, in the last round, the 29 points earned by the Vietnamese archer was not enough to defeat the Indonesian, as Ranti scored 28 points, just enough to win the gold. After five series, Sri Ranti won the match with 144 points, with Oanh coming second just one point behind. Earlier, the Tra Vinh native beat hosts’ player Fatin Salleh in the semi-final to book a berth in…... [read more]

The Ministry of Finance on Tuesday proposed levying a special consumption tax on a range of sweetened beverages. If approved, the proposal would see the tax imposed on carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and bottled instant coffee and tea. The ministry has suggested either a 10 percent or a 20 percent rate for the new sugary drink tax to be applied from 2019, with 10 percent being the preferred option. “The tax will help regulate the consumption of sweetened beverages, and it's also an international norm,” the proposal said. A can of carbonated soft drink, for example, currently costs around VND10,000 ($0.44). At Tuesday's press conference, the ministry cited a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) that shows excessive consumption of sugary drinks can lead to obesity. Obesity, in turn, has been linked to many health risks such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and strokes. Meanwhile, a study unveiled in June found that about 25 percent of Vietnamese adults are overweight or obese. The obesity rate for children under 5 years old is also rising fast. Many Southeast Asian countries have already imposed sugary drinks taxes, according to the ministry. The current rate is 20-25 percent in Thailand, 5-10 percent in Laos and 10 percent in Cambodia. Myanmar, the Philippines and Indonesia are also considering imposing the tax. In Vietnam, special consumption taxes are levied on items and services considered unhealthy or luxurious such as tobacco, alcoholic drinks and cars.... [read more]

Vietnam athletes today will leave for the 2017 Summer Universiade, the world sport games for students which will be organised in Chinese Taipei from August 19-30. Chau Tuyet Van and Nguyen Thien Phung (right) won bronze medals for Viet Nam at the Summer Universiade in South Korea in 2015.  The delegation will take part in four sports including athletics, karate, wushu and gymnastics. At the 29th edition of the festival, 14 sports including athletics, basketball, fencing, gymnastics and swimming are compulsory. Seven are optional and only billiards is a demonstration event. More than 7,600 athletes from 131 countries and territories will compete in the 12-day tournament. Football and water polo are two sports that begin on Friday, one day before the opening ceremony. The Universiade, which is organised every two years, is the ultimate dream for university athletes worldwide. It is one of the highest-profile international sporting events, second only to the Olympic Games, in terms of the variety of competitions and the number of participating countries and athletes. In the last Universiade in South Korea, Viet Nam grabbed two bronze medals in taekwondo and finished 58th among 141 participants. South Korea topped the table with 47 golds, Russia and China were second and third, respectively.  VNS... [read more]

NDO/ VNA –A 681 strong Vietnamese delegation participating in the Southeast Asia Games 29 (SEA Games 29) took part in a flag-hoisting ceremony held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 16. The ceremony officially marks the presence of the Vietnamese competitors at the region’s largest sport events. More than 470 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, including four paid games of bowling, hockey, cricket and synchronised swimming. According to Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan, who is head of Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation, the Vietnamese athletes will strive to pocket 49-59 gold medals in order to rank in the top group at the biennial event. Earlier, Vietnam had targeted a goal of at least 65 gold medals but had to adjust their target as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove various events in which Vietnam was expected to perform well in, such as wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting. The delegation will also do their utmost to effectively perform the role as a goodwill ambassador of Vietnam to the people of the Southeast Asian countries, Phan added. In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam ranekd third, with 73 golds, 53 silvers and 60 bronzes. The 29th SEA Games will see the participation of 4,888 athletes from the ten ASEAN member countries. ... [read more]




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