Underprivileged children to be given chance to play football

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VietNam News English - 37 month(s) ago 5 readings

The Faster plan's motto "Let children play football" was officially set on Thursday in Ha Noi and will be put into operation next month.

This programme's aim is to help underprivileged children in SOS children's villages have a chance to practise and play football during the three summer months.

These children, who will be trained by former footballers and coaches such as Phuong Nam, Nhu Thuan, Thanh Phuong and expert Dang Gia Man, will compete in friendly matches and practise with professional players of under-13 and U15 Viettel. Then, the best players will be selected for Viet Nam's professional clubs.

Faster plan was founded by Nazri Nasir, a former captain of Singapore football team, two years ago.

With the support of sponsors and organisations in Viet Nam, this plan is a pilot deployed first in Ha Noi before spreading to other parts of the nation in future years.

Viet Nam's gold medallists of the Olympic Games will receive a record bonus of VND160 million (US$7,300) effective on July 22.

This prize double its previous level is the latest decision signed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Silver and bronze winners will receive VND80 million ($3,600) and VND60 million ($2,700), respectively.

At Asian Games, a gold medallist gets VND70 million ($3,200). Meanwhile, VND35 million ($1,600) and VND30 million ($1,370) are presented to silver and bronze recipients, respectively.

At Southeast Asian Games, the bonus rate will be VND45 million ($2,100) and VND25 million ($1,200) and VND20 million ($950) for winners .

Over 200 athletes from 20 countries and territories will participate in the second World Vovinam Championship scheduled to kick off in HCM City's Phu Tho Gymnasium on July 27.

The tournament, which runs until July 31, aims to introduce Vietnamese martial arts to the world.

In preparation for this event, the World Vovinam Federation and Viet Nam Vovinam Federation will hold a technique training and international referee class from July 25-27.

Vovinam, established in 1938 by martial artist Nguyen Loc, is a quintessential form based on traditional martial arts. Vovinam is now becoming popular in 40 countries and territories, particularly in the US, the Netherlands, Canada and France. — VNS

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