The general secretary of the Viet Nam Football Federation, Tran Quoc Tuan, won a seat on the Asian Football Confederation's executive committee at the 24th AFC Congress that wrapped up on Thursday.
Tuan got 30 votes and was joined by Winston Lee of Singapore (33) and U Zaw Zaw of Myanmar (23). Timor Leste's Francisco Kalbaudi (20) and Indonesia's Nurdin Halid (21) lost out.
The voting was done regionally with each of the four zones getting three members into the Committee.
International Grandmaster Le Quang Liem will leave for the Netherlands' Tata Steel chess championship next week.
Master Liem accompanied by coach Lam Minh Chau will compete in the tournament from January 14-30 in Wijk Ann Zee city.
The Vietnamese who is expected to be seeded No 5 will take part in group B against 13 other masters whose FIDE Elo rating around 2,700.
Group A is for contestants selected from the world's top 25, while group C is for masters with Elo rating below that of B Group contestants.
The Tata Steel Tournament is one of the world's most prestigious tournaments, regularly attracting world champions. The winner of group B and C will win promotion for the next tournament. — VNS