Minh suffers another defeat at Indian badminton league


Pune Pistons club’s Nguyen Tien Minh lost 0-2 to Ajay Jayaram from Hyderabad Hotshots at the men’s singles event in the semi-finals of the first Indian Badminton League (IBL) on August 28.

In the first set he took and early lead of 13-9 but was soon equalized by his rival and finally lost 17-21.

In the second set, Minh made repeated mistakes and was thrashed 11-21.

This is the second time he has lost to the Indian opponent after his first defeat in the qualifying round on August 19.

His teammates Juliane Schenk also lost 1-2 to Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles and Joachim/Thomas were also defeated 1-2 to Lim/Goh in the men’s double events.

After defeating Pune Piston, Hyderabad Hotshots will face the winner of the match between Awade Warriors and Mumbai Masters in the final.

Two Vietnamese track-cyclists to train in RoK

Le Anh Dung and Nguyen Van Cuong, together with their coach Tran Van Hai, will join the Korean track-cycling team in a training course at Yang Yang from September 2-October 17.

The training cost estimated at US$15,300 (VND 321 million), is co-financed by the RoK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Olympic Committee, and Korean Cycling Federation to mark the beginning of a project to build the US$500-million velodromes for Asiad 18 which is scheduled for 2019 in Vietnam.

Once the project is licensed, 400 Vietnamese athletes get one-year free training in the RoK.

Thai Son Nam lost 2-7 to Nagoya Oceans in AFC Futsal Club

Vietnam’s Thai Son Nam team under Italian coach Sergio Gargelli was thrashed 2-7 by much stronger host Nagoya Oceans at the AFC Futsal Club Championships in Japan on August 28.

Captain Tomoki Yoshikawa opened the scoring for the Japanese team in the 11th minute by firing the ball into Thai Son Nam’s net.

One minute later Rodriguez Cruz managed to equalize for Thai Son Nam after penetrating the host’s defence system from the right wing to defeat goalie Bruno Takashi.

The Japanese team then attacked fiercely and striker Tomoki Yoshikawa completed his poker in the 14th, 18th, 19th and 10th minutes of the first half.

In the second half, Morota Yuki and Pedro Costa added two more goals for Nagoya Oceans to 7-1.

In the last seconds of the match Trong Thien scored one more goal for the Vietnamese team.

After this heavy defeat Thai Son Nam was placed third in group A as China’s Shenzhen Nanling beat Lebanon’s Al Sakada 5-4.

To qualify for the next stage the Vietnamese team must score at least six goals more than its Lebanese rival while waiting for Nagoya Ocean to defeat Shenzhen Nanling.

U16 Vietnam enters SEA Football Champs’ semi-finals

The Vietnamese football team easily thrashed Brunei 11-0 in its final match of the U16 Southeast Asia (SEA) Football Championships on August 28.

It scored 5 goals in the first half and 6 more goals in the second half.

With this convincing victory, the team fullyqualifies for the semi-finals which will be held on August 31.

In another match, U16 Myanmar beat Cambodia 2-1.

Health watchdogs to inspect units making moon cakes

From August 27, health watchdogs will conduct on-spot inspections of food safety and hygiene conditions at units producing moon cakes across the country, said Nguyen Thanh Phong, Deputy Head of Vietnam Food Safety Administration under the Ministry of Health.

Three inspection teams will be set up to oversee the task in nine provinces and cities including Ho Chi Minh City; the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Can Tho; the central provinces of Da Nang, Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue; Hanoi; and the northern provinces of Hai Duong, Hai Phong.

The inspection teams will pay unscheduled visits to processing units and stores. This inspection will last until September 25.

Swimmer Anh Vien honoured with title of Senior Lieutenant

Vietnam swimming queen Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was conferred with the rank of Senior Lieutenant by the High Command of Military Zone 9 in an award ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on August 26.

The bestowment is a timely and worthy reward for Anh Vien in recognition of her amazing achievements in recent international arenas, including the second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China where she shined brightly winning three gold and one silver medal.

Addressing the ceremony, Anh Vien voiced her pride and happiness on the reward, which, she said, acts as a remarkable impetus driving her to keep up training and obtain greater success in the future.

Being recruited and trained by the National Defence Sports & Gymnasium Centre 4 under the Military Zone 9 since the age of 10, Vien has showed off her superior swimming aptitude, bringing continuous glories to the homeland.

The 17-year-old girl has won a total of 142 medals so far (78 gold, 46 silver and 18 bronze), 70 of which were won in national competitions and the remaining 72 medals came from international events.

Hanoi boxers take men’s crown at national event

Hanoi took top honours in the men’s category at the 2013 National Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships, which concluded in northern Hai Phong port city on Monday, amassing a total of three gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

The Army team came in second with two gold, one silver and three bronze medals while Can Tho secured third place overall earning one medal of each colour.

The People’s Public Security team emerged victorious on the women’s side bringing home three gold and two silver medals, trailed by the Army team (2, 2, 3) and Quang Ninh (1, 1, 4) in second and third, respectively.

The annual tournament, which transpired from August 20-26, attracted more than 210 boxers representing 27 teams from across the country, competing for medals in 23 different weight classes for both men and women.

Hanoi wins National Youth Wrestling Championships

The Hanoi team emerged victorious from the 2013 National Youth Traditional Wrestling Championships which wrapped up on August 25 at the Gia Lam Gymnasium in Hanoi.

After five days of competition, the hosts led the medal tally with four gold and two bronze medals. The Military team were runners-up and Vinh Phuc took third.

The tournament drew the participation of more than 100 young wrestlers from ten teams from across the country, who competed for 14 sets of medal in the 12-15 and 15-17 year-old age groups.

The event provided a good opportunity for the participants to show off their abilities. Coaches also had a chance to select outstanding wrestlers for the national team in preparation for upcoming international competitions.