SHB Da Nang finished first at the 2010 National U-15 Football Tournament after beating Hanoi 2-0 in the final held at Nha Trang City stadium on July 31.
Two goals by Van Thuyet and Van Tum helped SHB Da Nang win the championship. Hanoi came in second while Hoang Anh Gia Lai and the hosts Khanh Hoa shared third place.
Hanoi’s Nguyen Van Quang snatched and the Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer titles with a total of six goals. Another player from Hanoi, Phi Minh Long, won the Best Goalkeeper title. Hoang Anh Gia Lai secured two prizes including the Fair Play prize and Best Defender for Tran Minh Vuong.
Thai Son Bac top national futsal tournament
Thai Son Bac were crowned champions at the 2010 National Futsal Tournament after trouncing Tam Nhat Minh 7-2 in the final held at Phu Tho Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.
Phan Dang Bao helped Tam Nhat Minh open the scoring in the first minute of the game. After that, captain Bao Quan scored two consecutive goals to help Thai Son Bac take the lead at 2-1. However, the game was equalised after Quoc Bao scored for Tam Nhat Ninh in the final minute of the first half.
Thai Son Bac created waves of attacks against Tam Nhat Minh in the second half and proved their strength with five more goals. Nguyen Bao Quan completed his hat trick and four other goals by Trang Quang Duy, Thanh Hung and Thai Duy sealed a convincing 7-2 victory for Thai Son Bac.
As a result, Thai Son Bac snatched the championship title, Tam Nhat Minh came in second while Thai Son Nam and Hoang Thu Da Nang shared third place.
Thai Son Bac also won two other individual prizes including Most Valuable Player Nguyen Bao Quan and Best Goalkeeper Nguyen Van Huy. Nguyen Quoc Bao from Tam Nhat Minh secured the Top Scorer title with a total of nine goals.
The 2010 National Futsal Tournament held from July 20 to August 1 in Ho Chi Minh City brought together 12 teams from across the country. The tournament was a good chance to select outstanding players for the national team in preparation for upcoming international competitions.
Vietnam crowned as International Women’s Volleyball champion
The Vietnam national women’s volleyball team successfully defended their championship at the 2010 International Women’s Volleyball - VTV Ferroli Cup after beating Ukrainian Vingroup 3-2 in the final on July 31.
Once defeating Vingroup in the group round, Vietnam started the game confidently and kept on taking the lead with the support of more than 3,000 spectators at the Dak Lak Gymnasium. Vietnamese players earned quick wins in the first two sets with the same score of 25-15. However, Vingroup, with their advantage of height, made the final more thrilling as they equalised 2-2 in the next two sets (25-20 and 25-21). The game was only decided in the fifth set and Vietnam won with the score of 15-10 to bag the championship title.
In another match, the Thai youth team once again overcame Vietnam’s Binh Dien Long An 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-17 and 25-20) to win third place.
National junior wushu championship kicks off in Hanoi
Nearly 300 martial artists from 24 cities and provinces throughout the country are competing at the National Junior Wushu Championships, which opened in Hanoi on July 31.
The athletes are contending for 78 sets of medals in Taolu (performance) and Sanshou (combat) events.
In the Taolu events, the athletes are divided into three age groups under 12, 12-16 and 17-18, while those competing in Sanshou events are separated into 15-16 and 17-18 year-old groups.
Organisers said with more than 30 talented martial artists, the Hanoi team is considered the favourite at this year’s tournament and Ho Chi Minh City’s squad is expected to take second place.
The championships will run until August 6.
Vietnam wants to host Asian Beach Games in 2016
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is planning a campaign to rally support for Vietnam to host the 4th Asian Beach Games in 2016.
The Ministry will tout Vietnam’s favourable conditions - such as attractive venues for competitions, a well-developed hotel system, and suitable administration headquarters - to the Asian Olympic Committee when it attends the 2nd Asian Beach Games in Muscat, Oman, in early December.
Vietnam will take part in 10 events at the second Asian Beach Games, including beach volleyball, men’s beach football, beach handball, beach sepak takraw, bodybuilding, marathon swimming, triathlon, boat racing, beach kabbadi, and beach wooden ball bowling.
Vietnam’s 3,260-km coastline offers many places suitable for beach games, such as Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province, Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province, and Da Nang and Mui Ne in Binh Thuan province.
HCM City hosts its first Muay championships
Ho Chi Minh City will hold its first Muay championships from August 10-13 at the Binh Thanh sports arena with world champions Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat and Le Huu Phuc taking part.
The Muay boxers will compete in 10 weight categories for men (from 45kg to under 81kg) and 8 weight categories for women (from below 45kg to less than 60kg).
The Municipal Association of Muay was just set up this June to develop this sport with a lot of potential.
Although Muay only entered Vietnam 2 years ago, Vietnamese martial artists have quickly excelled at it and have won many international awards. Recently, they won three world titles in Bangkok this April.
2010 Junior Pencak Silat Tournament to be held in HCM City
The 2010 Junior Pencak Silat Tournament will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from August 12-18, 300 male and female athletes from 25 provinces and cities will take part.
The tournament will help select the best athletes for the national Pencak Silat team which will compete later in regional and world tournaments.
The team representing host HCM City is expected to take the championship title, while the other places should be fiercely contested by Hanoi, Thanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Nghe An, An Giang, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
2010 National Vovinam Cup to be held in mid-August
Vietnamese martial artists from the strongest clubs nationwide will compete for the 2010 Vovinam Cup, which will take place in Thanh Hoa province from August 9-16.
The tournament is expected to attract 30 clubs, with the host province of Thanh Hoa hopeful of wining many medals.
The competition is an excellent opportunity for Vietnamese martial artists to improve their skills and gain more experience in preparation for the forthcoming 6th National Sports Festival.
Vietnam has allocated a large amount of money to develop its traditional martial arts, and the skills of many local athletes have improved remarkably thanks to them taking part in many national and international competitions.
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