|Nguyễn Thị Ngoan. — Photo kinhtedothi.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Young Vietnamese karatedo martial artists have set a target of earning four gold medals, and a third-place spot in the team rankings, at the upcoming 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia.
Việt Nam will face a tough challenger in the hosts Malaysia.
The 28-member team will convene on February 15. Kumite (combat) athletes are in the age group 18-20, while kata (performance) ones are in the age group 16-20.
Among these martial artists, Trang Cẩm Lành won silver medal at the world junior tournament, Nguyễn Thị Việt Trinh and Trần Thị Khánh Vi won silver and bronze medals at the Asian U21 tournament, respectively.
Notably, Nguyễn Thị Ngoan is a rising martial arts star in Việt Nam at present. She won gold medals at the Asian U21 tournament and Southeast Asian karatedo championships last year. She also ranked fourth in the women’s 61kg category at the world championships last year.
To have a better chance at the upcoming SEA Games and Asian Games in 2018, the National Sports Administration will invite expert Sayed Hassan of Iran to train the team. — VNS