Nguyễn Thanh Duy of Việt Nam (left) on his option to successful U60kg gold medal on the thirtieth SEA Video games in 2019 within the Philippines. Duy and his teammates will warm-up for the SEA Video games on the Southeast Asian championship later this month in Cambodia. VNA/VNS Photograph
HÀ NỘI — The nationwide karate workforce will participate within the Southeast Asian championship, a key warm-up event to organize for the Southeast Asian Video games in Việt Nam in Might.
A workforce of 19 athletes will compete within the occasion from March 21 to 27 on the Royal College of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Seven different nations, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, will probably be represented within the event, together with the hosts.
Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the Nationwide Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), mentioned it will likely be one of many main pre-SEA Video games occasions.
The championship would be the largest and the primary worldwide karate-related occasion within the Kingdom for a lot of years.
Vũ Sơn Hà, head of the Karate Division of the Việt Nam Sports activities Administration, mentioned: “Our strongest athletes will compete on the regional competitors in Cambodia this month. Will probably be our remaining take a look at previous to the thirty first Video games. The contributors are our SEA Video games title favourites.”
Amongst them are defending champion Nguyễn Thanh Duy, silver medallists Đỗ Thành Nhân and Đinh Thị Hương, and bronze medal holders Nguyễn Thị Phương, Đặng Hồng Sơn, Hồ Thị Thu Hiền and Trang Cẩm Lành, and former Karate1-Premier League champion Nguyễn Thị Ngoan.
Nguyến Thị Ngoan (left) will probably be Việt Nam’s golden hope within the ladies’s U61kg class on the SEA Video games. Photograph thethao.sggp.org.vn
Over the previous yr, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the workforce from participating in intensive coaching and high quality competitions.
The workforce missed likelihood to win a spot on the Tokyo Olympics as they might not discover a flight to compete at any of the qualification rounds.
Nevertheless, on the Asian championship final December in Kazakhstan, Hoàng Thị Mỹ Tâm received a report three golds for Việt Nam.
The 18-year-old fighter is tipped to get high leads to future tournaments together with the SEA Video games.
“All groups will put together very properly on this regional championship. My athletes are requested to coach exhausting and strictly observe the teaching board’s ways,” Hà mentioned.
Native coaches take lead
Native coaches are understood to play a significant function for the nationwide workforce on the Hà Nội Video games this summer season.
Lê Tùng Dương will probably be head coach. He will probably be assisted by Dương Hoàng Lengthy and Nguyễn Văn Sử in kumite (fight) and Lê Tiến Nguyện and Nguyễn Hoàng Ngân in kata (efficiency).
“Vietnamese coaches are doing good job,” Hà mentioned.
“We’ll enhance the standard of our workforce by worldwide coaching programs and competitions. Athletes will sharpen their expertise by actually aggressive fight the place they’ve probabilities to strategy new karate methods.”
He mentioned that three gold medals from the current Asian championship made karate officers consider within the skill of native coaches. These outcomes have been significantly better than the interval that international coaches got here to coach the workforce some years in the past.
“We consider that the present coaches will proceed serving to Việt Nam karate to get good outcomes on the SEA Video games,” Hà mentioned.
Head coach Dương additionally confirmed that his fighters are in excessive alert forward of the SEA Video games. All are assured and might’t wait to battle on the Video games though they’re warned to face with robust and skilled rivals.
“As a result of lack of competitors so we will’t consider arch-rivals comparable to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Will probably be largest problem to each coaches and athletes of Việt Nam,” Dương mentioned.
“Subsequently, now we have to coach and compete with 100 per cent focus to verify we obtain the absolute best outcomes.”
Karate competitors will probably be held in Ninh Bình Province from Might 16-20. There could have 15 occasions together with seven for males and eight for girls.
Việt Nam goals to win between 4 and 5 gold medals which can make them top-three workforce on residence soil competitors. It will be twice as many as they received in the Philippines three years in the past.
In Manila in 2019, Vietnamese athletes pocketed two golds, three silvers and 6 bronzes. — VNS