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Iran beat VN 4-0 in under-21 int’l tournament

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

HA NOI — Viet Nam failed to make it into the final of the International Under-21 Football Tournament after a 4-0 loss to powerhouse Iran in the semi-finals yesterday.

Viet Nam, who won the championship last year, pulled out all the stops in their match against Iran at Hue city’s Tu Do Stadium yesterday, but proved no match for their powerful rivals.

The hosts had a good start when Nguyen Duc Thien, who scored three goals for Viet Nam in group competition, took an early shot at goal minutes into the game, but the shot was blocked by Iranian keeper Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi.

Although playing defensively, the Vietnamese side lost control of the game by the half hour mark as Iranian players dominated the game with better play.

Iranian captain Rasoul Kor out-jumped Vietnamese defenders to convert a corner kick into a goal by heading the ball into the net, beating keeper Nguyen Thanh Nam.

Viet Nam regrouped and launched more attacks, but the lone striker, Nguyen Duc Thien, could not score despite a few good chances.

After half-time, Mohammad Saleh Khalil Azad made the score 2-0, while striker Jaladin Alimohammadi scored another to put Iran firmly on their way to the finals. In the 87th minute, substitute Soroush Rafiei escaped an off-side trap to get past the Vietnamese goalie before tapping the ball home into an empty net.

Despite of endeavours of Duc Thien, Phan Thanh Hung and Nguyen Phuc Hiep, the hosts failed to find their consolation goal during injury time.

Iran will meet Thailand, who beat Singapore 3-1 in other semi-final yesterday, in the finals tomorrow.

Viet Nam will meet Singapore to battle for third-place.—

VN shoot down five more golds

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

HA NOI — Viet Nam continued their good form at the 32nd Southeast Asian Shooting (SEASA) Championships when they bagged five more gold medals yesterday.

In the women’s individual 10m mixed air rifle, markswoman Dang Hong Ha, who scored 367 points to take the gold medal in the women’s individual 10m air rifle on Wednesday, scored 297 points to take home another gold.

Kham La of Laos was the runner-up with 285 points.

In the women’s team 10m mixed air rifle, Laos lifted the gold and Viet Nam came second.

In the women’s individual 25m pistol, Dao Thu Thuy took home the second gold medal yesterday when she scored 770 points. Singapore’s Fan Xiao Ping and Huang Yi Lin of Chinese Taipei scored 769.9 and 764.5 points and took silver and bronze medals, respectively.

In the women’s team 25m pistol, Viet Nam overcame Singapore and Laos to bring home the gold medal.

Vietnamese sharp shooter Le Cao Kien continued his excellent form and scored 691.7 points in the men’s individual 50m prone rifle to take gold. Viet Nam also won the gold medal for the team event.

In the last event yesterday, Chen Shih Wei of Chinese Taipei scored 153 points to snatch the gold medal in the men’s individual trap shooting. Vietnamese marksmen didn’t win any medals in this event. The silver and bronze medal went to shooters from Malaysia and Singapore, respectively.

The 32nd SEASA championships is underway at the National Shooting Range in the National Sports Training Centre in Ha Noi, co-hosted by the Sports General Department and the Viet Nam Shooting Association.

Shooters from 10 teams from regional countries and territories are competing for 44 medals

Seventeen international umpires, including two from Viet Nam, are judging the event.

Vietnamese shooters will be awarded VND25 million (US$1,500) for each gold medal, VND20 million ($1,200) for each silver and VND15 million ($900) for each bronze. —

Soc Trang has plenty of bounce

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Aiming high: Soc Trang’s forward (left) tries to throw the ball in the clash against Air Force-Air Defence at the National Basketball Championship in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Nhut

HA NOI — The Mekong Delta River province of Soc Trang, which is 231km southwest of HCM City, has been a main centre of basketball in Viet Nam along with HCM City and Air Force-Air Defence for decades.

Basketball has yet to develop into a professional sport like football or volleyball in Viet Nam but Soc Trang, HCM City and Air Force-Air Defence are the main training centres for national squad players.

In Viet Nam, Soc Trang has the best local team, organising tournaments at different levels from district to club, and providing the national team with the best men’s and women’s players for international competitions.

Team of stars

The team, which has dominated the national championships in both men’s and women’s sides, has gifted Viet Nam with stars including Tiep Rida, Trinh Nhan Duc, Na Ri, Trieu Khanh and Minh Luyen, who helped the men’s team win the championship.

Duc, 24, who trained in the sport from the age of five before joining the national team when he was 16, has been a key player of the national squad ever since. The playmaker could have played for a Thailand team after wowing the audience at an International Friendly Tournament in China five years ago but elected to stay at home.

However, basketball in Viet Nam, which is at an amateur level and ranks sixth among countries in the Southeast Asia region, has not attracted sponsors to fund the future development of the sport.

Meanwhile, the women’s team, which was started in 2000, dethroned the mountainous northern province of Yen Bai in 2005.

The youngsters from Soc Trang then took major positions in the national women’s team, which was long dominated by Yen Bai.

Lam Thu Hang, who won ‘Miss Beach’ in the final round of the Miss Viet Nam this year used to play basketball in the women’s Soc Trang team.

Hang, who stands at 1.76m, played for the team at the national championship for years before leaving the court.

Basketball has been one of favourite sports in the province along junk and traditional boat racing.

New regime

The Viet Nam Basketball Federation made the decision to help teams strengthen their squads competing in the championship last year by recruiting foreign players, which saw seven foreign players from the Philippines, China and Mongolia competing in the jerseys of Can Tho, HCM City and Joton.

“Contracting foreign players will make the league more attractive because they will create better competition between domestic and foreign players. Vietnamese players will also learn from the skills and experiences of imported basketballers,” said the Viet Nam Basketball Federation’s (VBF) general secretary, Nguyen Quoc Quan.

“The federation has an open policy that allows all teams to recruit more top foreign players at any time during the championship. The federation intends to increase the quality of the sport in Viet Nam through this policy,” he added.

Viet Nam’s best result to date was four years ago when the women’s team took a bronze medal – the first ever – at the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship in Singapore. —

National uni heads towards int’l education standards

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Students from Ha Noi National University’s Natural Sciences School work at a biology laboratory. The college trains around 150 students of biology and biological technology graduates every year and conducts 50 research projects at the total expense of VND6 billion (US$363,000). The university now aims for international education standard. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Na

HA NOI — Ha Noi National University revealed a plan to develop 33 training specialities to boost education and meet international standards by 2012.

Specialities include business management, computer science, telecommunications, biology and geology, according to the university’s director Mai Trong Nhuan.

“By 2012, the university will train around 800 graduates, 345 masters and 55 PhDs of international standards, who will be able to work in different fields,” he said.

The plan, which is estimated to cost VND622 billion (US$36.6 million), will also train 400 lecturers who will have the required skills to work with foreign colleagues from international institutions of higher education.

“[The plan] is aimed at developing the university towards the model of an international-standard research university, contributing to improve the quality of Viet Nam’s higher education,” he said.

The university programme’s organisation, management, evaluation and supervision will be overhauled to strengthen the links between education, scientific research and the demands of society, he said.

“Universities of international standards must have lecturers qualified to work in other countries,” said Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan at a meeting with the university on Tuesday.

The employment rate of Ha Noi University students one year after graduation is only 20 per cent.

“[That] up to 80 per cent of graduates of a high-quality university do not have jobs in the first year of graduation is wasteful,” he said.

Nhan indicated the need to revise teaching methods to meet not only the university’s needs, but international standards as well.

Ha Noi National University has 12 training establishments, three research institutes and more than 2,500 teachers.—