VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Volleyball Federation (VFV) has worked out a roadmap to reduce the number of foreign players in the volleyball season this year, and to completely ban foreign athletes next year. However, this plan is not backed.
Sanest Khanh Hoa's Oleksiy (Ukraine).
After the VFV released its “xenophobic policy,” many people, both experts and the audiences, have showed their disagreement over the policy.
They said that the success of top volleyball teams in Vietnam is highly contributed by foreign players, like the cases of Sanest Khanh Hoa with Oleksiy (Ukraine), PetroVietnam with Kitsada (Thailand) and Phu Rieng Rubber with Liu Xiao Tung (China). Thanks to foreign players, volleyball tournaments in Vietnam have become more attractive.
Striker Ngo Van Kieu of Sanest Khanh Hoa club, said: “There is an international-class player like Oleksiy in our team is a big encouragement for us. Members in our team are very excited. Oleksiy plays very skillfully and he is a good example for the team.”
Coach Bui Quang Ngoc, who has had 40 years with volleyball, said: “We cannot equate the training of young players with the use of foreign players.”
“Recent failure of Vietnam’s volleyball at the Southeast Asian Games is owing to the lack of chances to compete with foreign rivals. We also do not have many volleyball tournaments at home,” he added.
Coach Nguyen Xuan Dung of Phu Rieng Rubber Club commented: “It is partly correct to say that using foreign players will hinder training of young players but the main reason is our neglectfulness of training. We should organize more volleyball competitions which have the participation of foreign players. Using foreign players is necessary to help Vietnam’s volleyball to become professional. However, we need policies to rationally use foreign players to enable foreign and domestic players to learn from each others. Vietnam should not ban foreign players.”
A fan from Hai Duong city, Mr. Tran Van Tho, said: “I’m a fan of volleyball. I saw Thai players Wanchai and Kitsada on television but now I have a chance to see them with my own eyes. I hope that Vietnamese players can reach their qualification so Vietnam can win at SEA Games.”
The Vietnam National Volleyball Championships has just been held in Hai Duong city from March 16 to 23. S. Tung