Vietnam’s national wrestling team will compete at the Asian Wrestling Championships in the Republic of Korea from February 16-19 as part of their preparations for the 2012 London Olympic qualifier.
The team includes freestyle female wrestlers Nguyen Thi Lua (48kg), Tran Thi Dieu Ninh (55kg), Duong Thi Lan (59kg), and Luong Thi Quyen (63kg). Freestyle male wrestlers are Nguyen Huy Ha (55kg) and Can Tat Du (74kg).
All team members will compete in the Olympic qualifying rounds except for Lan whose weight category will not be included in the Games.
According to Nguyen The Long, head of the Wrestling Department of the National Sports Administration, the weakest point of the Vietnamese athletes was their lack of competition experience. Taking part in high-quality tournaments like the Asian Wrestling Championships would help them gain confidence and improve their skills and spirits, he added.
Long said that Vietnamese athletes would participate in all rounds, including the Asian zone round from March 30 to April 1 in Kazakhstan, the first world round from April 27-29 in China and the second world round from May 4-6 in Finland.