|Trần Cảnh Tuấn (middle) seen at the sponsorship signing ceremony. — Photo baomoi.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Table Tennis Federation (VTTF) has received VNĐ500 million (US$21,700) from sponsor Trần Cảnh Tuấn, deputy chairman of VTTF.
Tuấn said that in recent years, Việt Nam’s table tennis has not seen proper investment and the VTTF’s budget was tight. He decided to use his personal money to support the VTTF with the hope of developing table tennis in the country.
“I sponsor and I don’t require any interest,” said Tuấn. “I only want to support the VTTF to help it work more effectively. I did this because the work of mobilising sponsorship has been facing many difficulties.”
“It is only an expenditure in the short term,” Tuấn said. “In the long term, the VTTF will continue to find sponsors.”
Tuấn is the son of one-time famous table tennis player Trần Cảnh Đến. Before 1975, Việt Nam’s team, including Đến, ranked third in the world.
According a representative of VTTF, the money will be used to support the national teams. It will serve as prize money for national events and support coaches and athletes competing in domestic and foreign competitions.
Since 1991, Việt Nam has earned seven sets of gold medals in women’s and men’s events in the Southeast Asian Games. In 2017, Việt Nam beat rivals Singapore to win gold in the men’s team event after eight years of waiting. — VNS