U19 return to hero’s welcome

Việt Nam’s U19 squad received a hero’s welcome on Monday at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất Airport after earning a berth in next year’s U20 World Cup. Plans are already under way to prepare the team for that event in South Korea.

The Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) congratulated and thanked the players and coach for their success at the Asian championship in Bahrain, which was the Cup’s qualification.

The first ever Vietnamese World Cup contenders also receieved a bonus of VNĐ2.2 billion (US$98,600) from VFF, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Việt Nam Professional Football Joinstock Company and other groups and enterprises.

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Shooting: Vietnamese rejoice at first Olympic gold

‘Vietnamese sport has begun a new chapter’.

Vietnamese rejoiced Sunday after their country won its first ever Olympic gold medal.

Hoang Xuan Vinh, a 41-year-old a serving army colonel who first learned to shoot with AK47 rifles, made history in Rio overnight when a near-perfect final shot in the men’s 10-meter air pistol clinched him gold.

Vietnamese state media reported that Vinh would receive $100,000 from the state on his return — a handsome sum in a country where the average annual income is around $2,100. Continue reading “Shooting: Vietnamese rejoice at first Olympic gold”