Cuong ranks fifth in world junior list

Viet Nam's Nguyen Cao Cuong is seeded fifth in the world youth ranking of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Cuong improved his ranking following his outstanding performance recently as a quarter-finalist at the Asian Junior Badminton Championships in Chinese Taipei, which concluded on February 23.

Cuong will be supported strongly by the HCM City Sport Department to train in Indonesia until 2016, under coach Asep Suharno who has previously worked with world No 8 Nguyen Tien Minh.

Next month, he will take part in the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships in Malaysia.

Anh Vien gets another gold at US competition

Vietnam’s champion female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien clinched a fourth gold medal at the FL Swimming Spring Senior Championships 2014 on March 3.

Anh Vien came first after clocking a time of 1:58:64 in the women’s 200 yard butterfly swimming event, while her runner-up, Justine Bowker, fished at 2:0:36.

Later the Vietnamese swimmer also bagged a silver medal in the women’s 200 yard backstroke event with a time of 58:40, just 3 seconds slower than the gold medalist Madeline Hess.

Anh Vien took part in six events at the FL Swimming Spring Senior Championships 2014 and her outstanding results at the competition were considered a springboard to realising her dream of winning gold at the coming Asian Games, scheduled for Incheon city, the Republic of Korea, in September 2014.

Binh Duong hosts international women’s cycling tourney

The fourth International Women’s Cycling Tournament (Biwase Cup 2014) from March 7 to 14 will take place in the southern province of Binh Duong.

The event is expected to see tough competition from 70 outstanding cyclists from 11 local teams and three foreign teams from Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

They will compete at different stages in both single and team events and adhere to international cycling rules.

The tournament aims to provide local cyclists with a good opportunity to hone their professional skills and gain experience from foreign competitors in preparation for regional and international competitions.

VTV-Binh Dien International Women's Volleyball Cup opens

The 8th VTV-Binh Dien International Women's Volleyball Cup tipped off in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on March 3.

The nine-day competition features the participation of five domestic teams: Vietnam youth volleyball team, VTV-Binh Dien Long An, LienVietPostBank Information, Vietinbank and Phu Rieng Rubber.

Also competing in the event are three foreign invitees: the Shandong University team and Weifang Club from China, and the Myanmar national volleyball team.

Competition takes place in a round robin format with two groups, from which the top two teams of each table will advance into the semi-final round.

The opening ceremony took place in the presence of representatives from VTV, the Vietnam Volleyball Federation (VVF), the Dak Nong provincial authorities and over 5,000 spectators.

After the ceremony the first match took place, in which VTV-Binh Dien Long An defeated Weifang Club 3-0. The Vietnam national youth team also defeated the Myanmar team by the same score.

The tournament was organised by the VVF, the VTV branch based in Ho Chi Minh City; the Binh Dien Fertilizer Joint Stock Company; and the Dak Nong Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.