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8/10/2018 6:57:32 AM

Ceremony sees off Vietnamese sport delegation to ASIAD 2018

A ceremony to see off a Vietnamese sport delegation to the Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD 2018) took place in Hanoi on August 9.

At the event. (Source: VNA)

Deputy head of the Vietnam Sports Administration Tran Duc Phan, head of the delegation, said the delegation comprises 523 members, including 12 doctors, 24 experts, 81 coaches, six interpreters and 352 athletes.

They will compete in track and field, shooting, weightlifting, karate, taekwondo, pencak silat, wushu, bicycling, fencing, archery, men and women’s football events.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien expressed his wish that the athletes will do their best to bring glory to the nation.

The ASIAD 2018 will be held in the two major Indonesian cities - Jakarta and Palembang - from August 18 to September 2.

At the previous ASIAD in 2014, Vietnam won one gold, 10 silver and 25 bronze medals, ranking 21st in the overall medal tally.

The athletes will compete in 32 out of 40 sports, and the national team’s target was at least three gold medals.

Pencak silat – Golden hope

Vietnamese pencak silat athletes will compete at the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD) for the first time and are expected to bring home gold medals.

Tran Duc Phan, head of the Vietnamese delegation to ASIAD 2018, said over the past 20 years, Vietnam has proven its strength in the sport at regional, continental and international tournaments.

In some tournaments, the Vietnamese squad even surpassed Indonesia which has been considered a cradle of pencak silat, he said.

At the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 29) which took place in Malaysia last year, Vietnamese pencak silat artists won three gold medals in the 50kg and 80kg categories.

However, the categories in which Vietnam won gold are not included in the competition list at ASIAD 2018, which is also a headache for the team and coaches.  

With their thorough preparations and determination, the 18 Vietnamese pencak silat artists and their coaches are ready for completion with the resolve to win at least a gold medal at the upcoming tournament./.

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