SPORTS IN BRIEF 19/4

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SPORTS IN BRIEF 19/4

Course for coaches of disabled starts

A short course for disabled sports coaches is taking place in Dong Ha District, Quang Tri Province.

The course, which runs until April 26, has been organised by the provincial Paralympic Association and the East Meets West Foundation.

Organisers said the objective of the course was to train 18 coaches and 18 instructors about the specific needs of disabled athletes.

In addition to the training course, there will also be weekly classes in basketball, swimming, badminton, athletics, and sports and recreational events for people with disabilities.

Quan, Khanh reach doubles semis at F3 Men's Futures tournament

Vietnamese duo Do Minh Quan and Le Quoc Khanh have reached the semi-finals in the doubles event at the F3 Men's Futures Tennis Tournament.

Do Minh Quan. (Photo: Tin The Thao)

This is the third and last of the three-series Men's Futures tennis tournaments that have been organised in Viet Nam since April 2.

Men's Futures are organised to allow players to improve their ranking and become eligible for top-flight competitions including Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Grand Slam tournaments.

Quan and Khanh overcame the pairing of Filipino Jeson Patrombon and German Maik Burlage 7-6 (0), 6-3 in the quarterfinal match yesterday at the Phu Tho Tennis Club.

This is the second time Vietnamese duo have reached the semi-finals. They did it in the F1 Men's Futures Tournament held two weeks ago.

In the singles event, Quan lost 7-6 (4), 6-1 to Japanese Hiromasa Oku and failed to make it beyond the second round for the third time.

Viet Nam's only remaining representative in the singles event, Nguyen Hoang Thien, will play against Dominik Schulz of Germany in the second round today.

V-League top place at stake

The top place is at stake as teams in contention play their 13th round V-League matches today.

Leaders Ha Noi T&T will host Navibank Sai Gon while Sai Gon FC will take on defending champions Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA).

These matches had been delayed to allow Navibank and SLNA to compete in the Asian Football Confederation Cup.

A draw at the Hang Day Stadium in Ha Noi is enough for Phan Thanh Hung's T&T to maintain their top place.

Meanwhile, Sai Gon FC, who are on fourth place with 22 points, can take over the top spot if they beat fifth-placed SLNA and Ha Noi T&T lose to Navibank.

Viet Nam to compete in Asian Davis Cup

Viet Nam will be sending a team to the Davis Cup (Asia/Oceania Group 3) in Tehran, Iran.

The tournament begins on Monday.

The team includes Ly Hoang Nam (15), Nguyen Hoang Thien (17), Ho Huynh Dan Mach (17) and Tran Hoang Anh Khoa (22).

Viet Nam will play Iran, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Oman, Syria, Kyrgyztan.

The eight teams will be split into two pools of four. The top two nations will advance to the promotion pool.

In 2004, Viet Nam hosted the Davis Cup for the first time. It failed to gain admission to Group 2 after finishing third behind Kazakhstan and Pacific Oceania.

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