Nhan Dan newspaper national table tennis tourney commences in Hai Duong

Wednesday, 2017-05-17 04:31:05
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Dao Duy Hoang (People’s Public Security) competes in the men’s team qualifying round.
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NDO – The 35th Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Championships officially kicked off in the northern province of Hai Duong on May 16, with nearly 140 players representing 15 delegations from across the country.

Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Vuong Bich Thang presents flowers to the organising committee.

>>> Nearly 140 players to compete in Nhan Dan newspaper national table tennis tourney

The opening ceremony was attended by Thuan Huu, Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan newspaper; Nguyen Manh Hien, Secretary of the Hai Duong provincial Party Committee; and leaders of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training and the Vietnam Table Tennis Federation.

In his opening remarks, Phan Huy Hien, Nhan Dan newspaper Deputy Editor-in-chief and head of the tournament’s steering board, affirmed that the championship is not only a national-level sport event but also a political task of Nhan Dan newspaper, contributing to the development of Vietnam’s high-performance sports as a whole and table tennis in particular, and the facilitation of the sport movement among different strata of people for better health.

More significantly, the tournament is being held in Hai Duong, one of Vietnam’s cradles for table tennis, as an array of activities are underway across the country to celebrate the 127th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, he noted.

The annual event offers a good chance to players to sharpen their skills and vie for slots in the national teams, in preparation for future international and regional competitions, notably the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia this August.

During the six-day sports event, players will be vying for seven sets of medals in the men’s singles and doubles, the women’s singles and doubles and the mixed category.

In addition to major awards, the organising committee will also present two prospective prizes for the best young male and female players, and grant awards to the host locality as well as disadvantaged localities, which have actively developed the grassroots table tennis movements.

This year, the organising committee will continue working with the Vien Dong Assurance Corporation (VASS) to implement injury insurance for participants, with an insurance value of up to VND200 million (US$8,800) per person.

Earlier on May 15, team matches took place, with title favourites Hanoi T&T (men’s) recording a resounding 3-0 victory over Hanoi 1 and Khanh Hoa. The Army team and Vicem Hoang Thach Hai Duong also crushed Hanoi 2 and the team from Bac Ninh province’s sports university, respectively, with the same score.

In the women’s team category, Ho Chi Minh City, Vicem Hoang Thach Hai Duong, the Army team and Hanoi registered easy 3-0 wins against their opponents.

Phan Huy Hien, Nhan Dan newspaper Deputy Editor-in-chief and head of the tournament’s steering board, delivers opening remarks.

Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan newspaper Thuan Huu (right) presents flowers to the organising committee.

Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Vuong Bich Thang (right) presents flowers to the organising committee.

Secretary of the Hai Duong Party Committee Nguyen Manh Hien (right) presents flowers to the Vietnam Table Tennis Federation.

Nguyen Anh Tu of Hanoi T&T reads the competition oath.

Phan Huy Hien, Nhan Dan newspaper Deputy Editor-in-chief and head of the tournament’s steering board, presents flowers and insignia to participating delegations.

A men's team match between Hanoi and Khanh Hoa.