Fencers prepare for Asian Games
More than 100 fencers from seven teams nationwide will take part in the National Fencing Championship at Ha Noi's Quan Ngua Sports Palace as part of the sixth National Sports Festival today.
Phung Le Quang, head of fencing section of the National Sports Administration, said that the tournament is more attractive than last year because in preparation for this event, teams including Ha Noi, HCM City had sent their representatives to train abroad.
Quang also added that the tournament's best fencers would be chosen for the national team to compete at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
The most talented fencers, who will take part in prestigious international events including the ASEAN and Asian Fencing Championship, will be coached by a foreigner.
International beach tourney announced
The International Women Beach Volleyball Championship will open on April 27-29 at Tuan Chau-Ha Long in Quang Ninh Province.
The event's organising board has announced that the event will feature13 foreign teams including Thailand, Japan, New Zealand and Kazakhstan.
Last year Thailand 1 won the title after defeating their China 2 rivals 2-0 at the final match in Ha Long city to pocket US$2,500 in prize money.
The tournament is held every year to help improve domestic athletes and is a chance to promote tourism in Tuan Chau-Ha Long.
Hien positions herself for gold
Nguyen Thi Hien won gold in the women's 50m three positions rifle (stand, kneel and prone) to help the Army team triumph at the National Shooting Cup yesterday.
Hien scored 579 points to finish first in the individual contest, but Ha Noi won the team gold.
The Army team won the championship with a total of 16 golds, six silvers and six bronzes, beating off Ha Noi, who ranked second with 10 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals.
Despite scoring in the men's 25m centre-fire pistol in the last day, veteran Nguyen Manh Tuong could only help the Public Security Ministry team finish third with a total of two gold, four silver and three bronze medals. — VNS