Speaking to Thanh Nien, Vietnam’s swimming ace Hoang Quy Phuoc, said the team was kicked out of the Bolles School training center because Vietnamese coach Dang Anh Tuan [head coach of the Vietnamese swimming team] interfered with the local American coach’s training method and entered the pool when he wasn’t supposed.
Phuoc complained that the move to the new training center – St. Augustine, also in Florida – brought the quality of training down as he could only train with his Vietnamese coach Nguyen Tan Quang without an American coach.
But in a report to the General Department of Physical Training and Sports (GDPTS) a few days ago, coach Dang Anh Tuan complained about both Phuoc and Quang.
“In the first days of the training trip, the two [Phuoc and Quang] were often late for the bus, so the team could not wait for them because we were afraid of being late for the training sessions,” Anh Tuan wrote.
“Phuoc has not practiced enthusiastically enough. He has showed poor consciousness, and doesn’t seem to have a goal to make efforts for. Often he has not met the coaches’ requirements.”
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Lam Quang Thanh, GDPTS Deputy Director, admitted that the arrangements at Bolles School made by Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association (VASA) General Secretary Dinh Viet Hung were not good because he did not consider all the necessary technical requirements. For example, Vietnamese coaches are not allowed to go into the pool and swimmers can train with coaches for only six sessions a week.
“The facilities are very good, if not very modern; but the conditions to improve the Vietnamese swimmers’ performance are not as good as expected. This is a good lesson for Vietnamese officers in charge of making arrangements,” said Thanh.
“It is necessary to take into consideration all the details which are at first thought to be trivial, but then turn out to have a bad effect on the training plan of the team.”