Thanh Hoa, who took ownership of the The Cong Viettel team last year, are set for a tough season opener on January 23 when they face SHB Da Nang for the Super Cup at Ninh Binh Stadium.
The team, who finished pre-season training in Thailand last week with three draws and one loss, face a race against time to regroup for the Super Cup match.
Competing for the Super Cup is a first for both teams and they have a lot to prove this season which will kick off in a weeks time. The winners will get a cash-prize of VND150 million (US$7,894), while the runners-up will be awarded ($3,600).
Top sprinter resumes training
Top sprinter Vu Thi Huong and her athletics teammates resumed training in HCM City earlier this week.
Huong, who topped the list of outstanding athletes of the year, will be coached by manager Nguyen Dinh Minh.
At the Asian Games in Qatar in 2006, Huong and Truong Thanh Hang qualified for the finals of the 100m and 800m respectively, but could not manage a top three place. In the Asian Athletics Championships in Thailand last November, Huong bagged two silver medals in the 100 and 200m.
Viet Nam eye more gold medals
Viet Nam will call up around 300 athletes for an intense training session in preparation for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China this year, said head of the National Sports Administration, Vuong Bich Thang.
It’s expected that the country will compete in 22 to 25 sports at the biggest sporting event in the Asian continent, which takes place every four years.
Tee times set for Nat’l Sports Games
Golf will be included in the programme for the National Sports Games this year, the games organising committee announced on Wednesday.
As scheduled, it will be held in Binh Thuan Province in August and will comprise of four events.
It will be the first time the sport has ever been included in the biggest national sports games, which will be held in 18 provinces and cities from January to December, involving 41 sports.
The final stage will see athletes competing in 15 sports in Da Nang City in December. — VNS