26th SEA Games not to have female football

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VietNam News English - 86 month(s) ago 7 readings

The Indonesia SEA Games Organizing Committee (INASOC) has announced to Olympic committees of Southeast Asian nations that female football will not be played at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia. INASOC said this issue will be proclaimed officially on February 25-28 in Indonesia.


Exchanging views on this concern, general secretary of Viet Nam Olympic Committee (VOC), Hoang Vinh Giang said that "It's difficult to change INASOC's decision on female football in the 26th SEA Games."

"Few days ago, I received INASOC's announcement on the above matter. INASOC's reason is that they meet difficulties in football grounds. To organise female football event, they need to have two Asian Football Confederation's standard grounds, not including training ones," Giang said.

According to Giang, Indonesian is not good at female football. So INASOC is not eager for this event.

"In principle, the VOC will give its opinions on this problem in the meeting to discuss competing programmes with the hosts and request Indonesia to continue to hold female football. But at my experience, there is little chance to modify INASOC's determination. They have rights to add or reject events in the official competing programme," Giang said.

Meanwhile, the national female football team, SEA Games defending champion, coached by Chinese Chen Yun Fat convened at Ha Noi-based National Sports Training Centre yesterday in preparation for tournaments this year such as Olympic London 2012's qualifying rounds and upcoming SEA Games.

Vice chairman of Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF), Nguyen Lan Trung said "VFF is waiting for the latest decision of INASOC and then adjust the team's training plans. VFF will ask VOC and some football federations in the region to campaign INASOC to set female football in the competing programme of 26th SEA Games." – VNS

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