NDO – After a fruitful 2016, Vietnamese sport is stepping into the year of 2017 with an “old and new” problem namely the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Significant adjustments have been made and are currently underway by the sports sector in approaching such a “peculiar” regional arena, specifically including a strategic change in the mindset that breaking into the top three medal winning countries will no longer be a compulsory target.
NDO – The International Football Federation (FIFA) ran an article entitled “World Cup successes inspire ambitious Vietnam” on its website on January 2 to honour the historic World Cup achievements that the Southeast Asian country attained in 2016.
NDO – Vietnamese sport experienced a fruitful year in 2016 with a lot of landmark achievements gained by Vietnamese athletes at the continental, world and Olympic competitions. However, alongside the triumphs, there still remain worries and concerns over the shortcomings and stagnations that have led to the national sporting sector remaining sub-par.
NDO – 2016 witnessed a series of sparkling milestones marked in the history of Vietnamese sports, including the first-ever Olympic and Paralympic gold medals won by shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh and powerlifter Le Van Cong, respectively.
NDO – National Cup winners Quang Ninh Coal downed V-League champions Hanoi FC (previously Hanoi T&T) 4-2 in the penalty shootout at Hang Day Stadium on December 29 to claim the 2016 National Super Cup together with a cash prize of VND300 million (US$13,200).
NDO – Japan’s Yokohama FC claimed the championship trophy of the 2016 Thanh Nien Newspaper International U-21 Football Tournament on December 27 after edging out Thailand with a score of 1-0 in the final clash at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
NDO – Vietnam continued to yield success at the 2016 Southeast Asia Table Tennis Championships in Indonesia on December 24 when Hanoian player Nguyen Anh Tu claimed the men’s singles title in a convincing fashion.
NOD – The Vietnamese men’s national football team dropped five notches to 134th position in the latest world rankings released on December 22, the last rankings published by the International Football Federation (FIFA) for 2016.