When Việt Nam performed Australia within the World Cup qualifiers final 12 months, the Australian press in contrast the enjoying floor to a cow paddock. Picture laodong.vn
Clearly my British aspect is exhibiting, as a result of for this week’s column, I wish to discuss in regards to the climate.
I’d say it rained cats and canines over the weekend in Hà Nội, however that may be understating it. Extra prefer it rained lions, tigers, bears and the whole lot in between.
The historic rainfall coupled with pictures of the shoddy floor of Mỹ Đình Stadium being recent in my thoughts acquired me fascinated by the longer term (and current) of soccer in Việt Nam.
Loads of scientists much more clever and certified than me say such excessive climate occasions are solely going to extend in frequency because the century goes on, so I’m inclined to consider them.
Skilled soccer is hardly an important factor to dedicate sources to as we adapt to our altering local weather, however I’d say it’s additionally not the least necessary.
People want leisure and a way of belonging and soccer offers each in spades, however the lovely sport may go the best way of the dodo in Việt Nam except one thing drastic adjustments.
Already, the standard of enjoying surfaces on the high degree on this nation is inconsistent, to place it politely.
If golf equipment and certainly the nationwide staff set-up already wrestle to maintain their pitches well-maintained, what probability have they got within the close to future as excessive rain and excessive warmth are extra widespread?
I can’t declare to know the very first thing about sustaining grass as my expertise in that division is proscribed to begrudgingly mowing lawns as a toddler.
However simply as there are local weather consultants on the market for laymen like me to lean on, there are knowledgeable groundsmen who do know learn how to shield a soccer pitch.
Do they exist in Việt Nam? There have to be just a few up and down the nation, because the likes of Phố Hiến and Hoàng Anh Gia Lai have wonderful enjoying surfaces.
Nevertheless for probably the most half, it appears nearly all of golf equipment have groundsmen who both lack the technical knowhow or sources to maintain pitches in good order.
If it’s a case of the previous, it seemingly wouldn’t price the VFF or VPF an terrible lot to usher in just a few abroad groundsmen to run some coaching programs to get their Vietnamese friends on top of things.
If it’s the latter, then once more, it wouldn’t price an arm and a leg to supply golf equipment with some funding solely for use for pitch upkeep.
The powers that be ought to think about such investments as placing cash away for the wet days to return, and think about it well-spent. VNS