HCM City will host an international boxing tournament in September.
According to organisers, the event will attract some teams from neighbouring countries to compete against the host and the Viet Nam national team.
It is the fourth time the international competition organised since boxing returned to action in the city in 2002.
Youth Olympics list ready in July
The final list of athletes who are Vietnamese representatives at the Youth Olympics will be announced on July 15, nearly one month before the opening ceremony, the organisers wrote in a statement on their website.
The statement also said that about 3,500 athletes from 170 countries and territories will arrive Singapore for the first ever event for juniors.
Viet Nam hope to have about 70 rivals who have opportunities to get high results in taekwondo, weighlifting, shooting and wrestling to take part in this tournament.
At present, there are three tickets for Vietnamese in weightlifting and athletics after their successful achievements in recent events.
These other tickets will be identified after qualifying rounds which will be held from March.
The Youth Olympics will be kicked off on August 14 and closes on August 26.
Minh seeded eighth in the world
Nguyen Tien Minh returns to the eighth position from 12th in the world ranking table, according to the latest announcement of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The Vietnamese top player has improved his ranking after reaching the quarter-final round of the South Korea Open and the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open two weeks ago.
Minh is also the only Vietnamese representative seeded fourth in the BWF’s Super Series system. His ranking is even better than the world No 2 and No 3 Lin Dan and Chen Jin of China and the former Olympics champion Taufik Hydayat from Indonesia. Minh is expected to be selected as one of top eight players to compete in this system’s event by the end of the year.
Muangthong gets new coach
Belgian Rene Desaeyere has been assigned head coach of the Thai-League defending champion Muangthong United only one day before the team left for Viet Nam for the AFC Champions League’s play-off match against SHB Da Nang.
Desaeyere, 63, played for different football clubs in Belgium, including Beerschot, Daring Club, Bruselles and Royal Antwerp. He also worked as a coach for many years in his country and Japan before coming to Thailand.
Desaeyere replaces Attapol Bussapakorn after the local coach was asked to worked as the national team’s assistant coach.
His first job is to lead Muangthong United to beat Vietnamese champions Da Nang in their match tomorrow.
The winner of this match will play the winner of the game between Singapore’s Army team and Sriwijaya from Indonesia on February 6 to get the ticket to the AFC Champions League finals. — VNS