Football legend Hồng Sơn believes Vietnamese players are still a long way off from plying their trade at elite European clubs, but says the domestic game is improving rapidly and one day a local-born star could be rubbing shoulders with the world’s best.
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.
Hold the bow, notch the arrow, draw the string back, aim and fire.
Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên grabbed a Best Female Athlete of the Year while Nguyễn Huy Hoàng was the Best Male Athlete of the Year at the fifth Victory Cup, the awards recognising sportspeople’s contribution in 2019 which was held yesterday in Hà Nội.
Archer Lộc Thị Đào won a golden hat-trick at the 30th SEA Games. Now she wants a berth at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The Vietnamese taekwondo team failed to hit its targets at the last two Southeast Asian Games, but the team is ready to shine again at this year's Games in the Philippines in December.
Vietnamese runner Quách Thị Lan has been awarded two gold medals from the Asian Athletics Championships 2017 after winner Nirmala Sheoran of India tested positive for a banned substance.