Top Vietnamese badminton star Nguyễn Tiến Minh was ranked 50th in the world in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings in September.
Many of Việt Nam's top athletes were born in the Year of the Rat and a lot is expected of them this lunar year, with the Olympics and World Cup qualification on the horizon.
Most workers are looking forward to receiving their Tết bonuses at this time of year, but a recent revision to the Labour Code has got them worried about what future Lunar New Year bonuses will have to offer.
A total 113 athletes from 15 cities and provinces will compete in five categories of men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles for a total prize fund of US$10,200.
Việt Nam’s top badminton player Vũ Thị Trang has decided to join the Hồ Chí Minh City team – on which her husband Nguyễn Tiến Minh is also an important player – after leaving Bắc Giang.