Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Bùi Thị Thu Thảo has the chance to win Female Athlete of the Year again at the Victory Cup this year.
The long jumper is one of five nominees along with runners Quách Thị Lan and Nguyễn Thị Oanh, cyclist Nguyễn Thị Thật and karate fighter Nguyễn Thị Ngoan.
At the ceremony last year, Thảo said the golden statue would push her to win a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD) in Indonesia in August, and she did just that.
"It’s great that I am on the shortlist for the Victory Cup again. I hope that my efforts and result in Indonesia are enough. It would be recognition for what I have done through the year," said Thảo.
Other candidateds include Lan who brought home one 400m hurdle silver and 400m relay bronze from ASIAD. Oanh won broze in the 3,000m steeplechase, while Thật won gold at the Asian Cycling Championship. Ngoan secured one world bronze medal, one Asian silver and three Asean bronzes over the course of the year.
In the Male Athlete of the Year, pencak silat martial artists Trần Đình Nam and Nguyễn Văn Trí, who won golds at ASIAD, will vie for the statue against swimmer Nguyễn Huy Hoàng (one silver and one bronze from ASIAD), karate athlete Nguyễn Minh Phụng (one ASIAD silver) and footballer Nguyễn Quang Hải (a silver and fourth place from the Asian U23 Championship and the ASIAD).
Other categories include Coach of the Year, Young Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, Teammates of the Year, Sports Image of the Year, Athlete with Disabilities, Favourite Sport Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.
An award is also expected for foreign coach of the year.
"The awards encourage both athletes and coaches. It shows how people care about sports and what they have done for the nation," said Trần Đức Phấn, deputy head of the Việt Nam Administration of Sports.
A total of VNĐ330 million (US$14,300) will be presented to the winners at the awards ceremony in January 2019 in Hà Nội.
The public can vote and get more information about athletes, coaches, the awards and ways to vote at cupchienthang.vn.
The event, which is in its year, is being jointly organized by the Việt Nam Cable Television Corporation, the Sport 24h Company and the Việt Nam Administration of Sports. — VNS