Local swimmers face troubles in US training trip Swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc.
The official said that the Vietnamese national swimming team took initiative in leaving Bolles and there was no conflict between Vietnamese and US experts, as well as between two Vietnamese coaches – Dang Anh Tuan and Nguyen Tan Quang.
Secretary General of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association, Mr. Dinh Viet Hung, explained: “We chose Bolles because this school has had a good record in training many outstanding swimmers. Many world champions are also practicing at Bolles.”
“This is a private high school where foreign students have to pay school fee of $47,000 per year. But for foreign athletes, who meet English standards, can stay and study for free. However, when Vietnamese swimmers need to practice harder, this high school cannot meet our requirement because it has to obey the rules of the US Department of Education: athletes are only allowed to practice up to seven exercises per week while Vietnamese athletes need at least 10 exercises per week.”
“The association has decided to move Vietnamese swimmers from Bolles to St. Augustine, a professional club. After the move, the team’s coach at Bolles (famous expert Sergio Lopez) could not follow the team for personal reasons but he still involves in compiling exercises for the team and performs weekend checks,” said Mr. Hung.
“At the St. Augustine Club, Vietnamese swimmers are instructed by two coaches. Four athletes are exerting effort to reach the Olympic B standard. From March 29-31, four swimmers Anh Vien, Kim Tuyen, Thai Nguyen and Thanh Nguyen will compete at the Grand Prix USA. Quy Phuoc will compete in a tournament in April,” the official added.
Mr. Lam Quang Thanh affirmed that there is no conflict between Vietnamese and American coaches, but he was worried about Hoang Quy Phuoc, one of the top Vietnamese swimmers at present.
“We highly appreciate Phuoc’s talent but he has showed signal of a ‘star’. Perhaps Phuoc thinks that he has surely reached the Olympic B standard, so he does not practice as hard as he can. We hope that Phuoc can try at his best. Though Phuoc has attained the B standard but it is not for sure that he can go to London. He must strive for attaining the A standard,” Mr. Thanh said.
The official said that at the new club, swimmer Anh Vien hit Olympic B standard for 200m backstroke.
Secretary General, Dinh Viet Hung, of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association, is going to the US on March 23. If Quy Phuoc does not practice hard, he may be sent home. S. Tung