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Serbia fans clash with Italian police after cancelled match

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

Fourteen people were hospitalised early Wednesday after Serbian fans clashed with Italian police following the two countries’ cancelled Euro 2012 qualifying match in Genoa, northern Italy.

In violence before, during, and after the match, some Serbian fans targeted not just Italian fans and local police but their own team’s goalkeeper.

Serbian supporters burn an Albanian flag at Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa on October 12, 2010

The most seriously injured in the violence early Wednesday was a member of Italy’s paramilitary caribinieri, who was rushed to hospital after an explosive device detonated in his face. A Serbian fan also suffered facial injuries.

The match was abandoned Tuesday night just six minutes in, after Italy’s goalkeeper was hit by a flare, which Serbian fans were throwing onto the pitch and at Italian supporters.

After the game, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Italian police kept Serbian fans hemmed into a gated parking area, intending to release them in small groups to waiting buses.

The clashes started when some of the fans managed to break out and police in riot gear moved to try to get them under control

“It’s scandalous,” said Serbian FA president Tomislav Karadzic after the match.

“Those who organised these incidents are in Belgrade,” he added.

“It’s an attack against the state and the state must resolve this problem.”

Wednesday morning’s violence was just the latest incident in a series of clashes that started the previous day.

On Tuesday, before the match, Italian police moved in when Serbian fans attacked one of their vehicles.

There was more trouble when the Serbia players left their team hotel, as Serbian fans attacked first-choice goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who was hit by a flare thrown on to the team bus.

Although not seriously hurt, he was taken to hospital for checks. Once at the Marassi stadium, he stayed inside the Italians’ changing rooms and refused to play.

Before the kick-off, Serbian fans threw flares and firecrackers at Italy supporters — and onto the pitch — while three fans climbed onto a security screen and for a while refused to get down.

The start was delayed by 35 minutes, and police, firemen, and stewards were still trying to bring order to the area surrounding the away fans as players came out onto the pitch.

Riot police were eventually called in and stationed themselves between the Italian and Serbian supporters while the players were sent back to the changing rooms.

When the players came back out to keep warm, members of the Serbian team went over to the away stand to try to calm the fans down, which appeared to work.

But there was trouble again soon after Scottish referee Craig Thomson blew for kick off. Six minutes in, a flare appeared to hit Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano and Thomson halted the match.

Officials took almost an hour to formally call off the game following protracted talks between football officials and the referee.

“Before the game the Serbian goalkeeper (Stojkovic) was in our dressing room and wasn’t just afraid to play he was also afraid for his return home,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli told reporters afterwards.

Stojkovic used to play for Red Star Belgrade but now plays for rivals Partizan Belgrade, which has angered hardcore Red Star fans.

The fans who caused the trouble at the match were linked to these two teams, ANSA news agency reported, citing witnesses at the scene.

“The Serbian players felt these fans were doing everything they could to stop the match being played,” Prandelli added.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to host World Match Racing Tour contest

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam to host World Match Racing Tour contest

QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Vietnam will host an international boat racing competition where local sportspeople are expected to compete with hundreds of boat racers from around the world.

An agreement was signed in Hanoi on July 19 between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Promatch Tour, the organiser of the world’s top-level professional boat racing circuit – World Match Racing Tour.

Vietnam is an ideal location to host large-scale events like the international regatta, Minister Hoang Tuan Anh said at the ceremony.

This would be a good opportunity for local sportspeople to practice and compete at a relatively new type of sea sports, Anh added. He also said the regatta is expected to bring in new opportunities for Vietnam to work with other foreign partners in organising great events, thus drawing more international tourists and investors to the country.

President of the WMRT organisaer Promatch Tour, Patrick Lim, said Vietnam has enormous potential for sea and island tourism awaiting efficient investment and exploitation.

The international regatta will help promote the image of Vietnam, a peaceful and friendly country that is capable of hosting great sports and tourism events for international travellers.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Impressive start reaps win for hosts in first round match of Sting Cup

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 at 12:11 pm

HA NOI — Hoang Long Long An made an impressive start in the opener of the HCM City International Volleyball Tournament – Sting Cup – on Sunday, beating Myanmar 3-0.

The visitors, most of whom played in last December’s Southeast Asian Games in Thailand, managed to remain level with the host in the first set before losing 26-28.

Their playing style was not flexible enough to resist Long An’s strong and diverse range of attacks, rapidly losing the next two sets 16-25 and 19-25, despite their taller and stronger physiques.

In the other match, HCM City’s Viet Steel team had to work a little hard against North Harbour from New Zealand, who were expected to be strong opponents considering their local championship title

However, they were not in top form entering the competition. Based on spikes by 2.05m attacker Bindon in combination with Takai’s volleys from the edge, they made Viet Steel players too tired to block. But when the duo were not in the forward line, the Kiwis failed to attack Viet Steel who came back strongly to win 25-22, 29-27, 27-25 under captain and setter Le Hong Huy.

In the last match, underdogs Sri Lanka were defeated 31-29, 25-14, 25-23, 25-21, 12-15 by Nakhon Ratchasima from Thailand.

Sri Lanka surprised many by their victory in the first set after an aggressive point chase between the two rivals.

The young team, most born in 1989 and 1990, failed to maintain their domination, losing sets two and three to Nakhon Ratchasima, who opened assaults with rapid and lethal spikes to far sides.

The forth set went to Sri Lanka again when they made use of good technical skills with some changes in the line-up, winning the set and levelling the result.

But, the better team were still the winner at the end. The Thai representative tied the final score within seven minutes. Their next rivals will be Myanmar.

The eight-day tournament draws teams from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, New Zealand and two local clubs, who will compete in round robin format for US$9,500 in prize money in the cup which finishes on Sunday.

The tournament’s 19 matches are located at Phan Dinh Phung Gymnasium in District 3.

Free tickets will be available to students and volleyball club members in HCM City at the Federation office and at the Effective Event Corporation at 8 and 97 Vo Van Tan Street. —

Quoc gears up for Olympic match

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Paddles of steel: Viet Nam’s top table tennis player, Doan Kien Quoc, departs for the Beijing Olympics today. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Nhut

HA NOI — Viet Nam’s top table tennis player Doan Kien Quoc leaves for the Beijing Olympics today.

Quoc, 29, who qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games after winning the regional Olympic qualifiers in Singapore earlier this year, meets David Zalcherg from Australia, ranked 438th in the world, in the men’s singles next Tuesday.

Quoc, who is ranked 222 in the world and was the only Southeast Asian representative at the Athens Olympics four years ago, says he is fully fit and at the top of his game.

“I’m ready for the Games. My shoulder injury is well recovered from the International Golden Paddle tournament in HCM City last month. It’s my second time at the Olympics and I do not feel as nervous as I did in Athens four years ago,” Quoc, 29, said.

“I’ll try my best to win every point in the opener against the Australian. It’s an honour to go the Olympic games.

“It would be great to win, but it all depends on the day. I think I could win if I play excitingly in the opener.”

Quoc, renowned for his left-hand smashes, won a bronze medal at the 21st Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in Malaysia in 2001.

Born in Nha Trang City, Quoc won the Southeast Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship in 1996 when he was just 17.

Viet Nam is represented by 21 athletes at this year’s Olympics, but the country’s only success so far has been the silver medal won by weightlifter Hoang Anh Tuan on Sunday. Viet Nam’s best event, wushu is only a demonstration sport at this year’s Olympics and any medals won will not be counted in the final medals’ tally. —