Vietnam is preparing for the 2012 London Olympics by sending its top athletes to take part in a range of international sporting events.
Vietnam’s Judo team will compete in the 2012 Asian Judo Championships in Uzbekistan from April 26-29. This event is seen as an important warm up tournament for judo athletes from many countries, before they take part in this year’s Olympic Games.
Currently, Vietnam’s swimmers are training in the United States. Previously, they took part in the Indianapolis Grand Prix in India, from March 29-31, which was acknowledged as a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics by the International Swimming Federation.
Vietnam’s aerobics team will also be present at the Suzuki World Cup Series B, from April 21-22 in Tokyo, Japan to hone their skills before entering the World Aerobics Championships in Bulgaria this May.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s golden girl, gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh, is competing at the ART World Cup Series C in China, where former and reigning champions from the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan in 2011 will also appear.
So far, nine Vietnamese athletes have qualified for the 2012 Olympics, namely Phan Thi Ha Thanh and Pham Phuoc Hung (gymnastics), Le Huynh Chau and Chu Hoang Dieu Linh (taekwondo), Van Ngoc Tu (judo), Hoang Xuan Vinh and Le Thi Hoang Ngoc (shooting), Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc (athletics) and Nguyen Thi Lua (wrestling).