But here I am posting about it again ;).. So for those that are actually interested, here is a whole August sports brief.

1. Thien Ly chosen as ambassador for 3rd Asian Indoor Games

duong truong thien ly The organizers of the third Asian Indoor Games have selected Duong Truong Thien Ly, the favourite candidate at the 2008 Miss World contest, as an ambassador to the games.

Thien Ly was chosen not only for her beauty but also because of her passion for sports–often participating in tennis, swimming and golf (recognized at Miss World as the lady with the farthest swing). She is also good at foreign languages and boasts a considerable knowledge of the history and culture of Vietnam as well as other Asian countries. She will appear in various activities to promote the games and represent the organizers in fielding the questions from the press about this year’s games.

The third Asian Indoor Games will take place in six cities and provinces of Vietnam from October 30 to November 11, attracting more than 20,000 officials, coaches, athletes, referees, and reporters from 45 nations and territories in Asia.

2. Vietnam down 13 spots in FIFA rankings

With 149 points, the Vietnam national football team now stands at the 144th, 13 down in the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) rankings in August.

The reason is that no recent international matches were ever played.

In the Southeast Asian region, Vietnam currently ranks fourth after Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

There are almost no changes in top ten except Germany’s jumping into the fourth place. Brazil is still on top.

3. Vietnam wins to Thailand 2-1

Vietnamese girls beat Thai rivals 2-1 in their last match to win the third place in group A of the U19 Asian Women’s Football Championship yesterday.

Despite having said goodbye to the tournament, Vietnam started the match with strong determination. Their efforts were repaid with a opener by Nguyen Thi Nguyet in the 10th minute.

Thailand leveled the score at the end of the first half thanks to a goal by Nisa Romyen. Nguyen Thi Nguyet once again scored the second goal to help Vietnam have their first win at the tournament.

“I am very happy. Thailand are very strong but we have played a good match today. We started the game with the highest spirit and we deserve to win”. Vietnam’s coach Tran Ngoc Thai Tuan said after the match.
Vietnam to host Asian women’s volleyball championship

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has agreed that Vietnam will host the 2009 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will direct the Vietnam Volleyball Federation in coordination with the Hanoi city People’s Committee and relevant agencies to successfully organise the event.

4. Nation’s top swimmers to train in China

Vietnamese swimmers Nguyen Huu Viet and Do Huy Long, who both recorded their best times at the World Swimming Championships in Rome, last week, have left for Kunming, China, to train.

Viet Nam Aquatic Sports Association general secretary Dinh Viet Hung said Viet and Long were expected to win medals at the Southeast Asian Games in Laos this December and the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, next year.

The National Sports Administration has been sponsoring the two athletes for the last four years.

The general secretary added that Hoang Quy Phuoc, 16, was also a medal hopeful at the SEA Games.

5. Disabled athletes to compete in ASEAN games

A 91-member team will compete at the ASEAN ParaGames 5 in Malaysia on August 12-19, the Viet Nam Paralympic Association said on Thursday.

The team will participate in six out of eleven events – track and field, swimming, weightlifting, table tennis, badminton and chess.

Viet Nam sent nine athletes to compete in track and field, swimming, weightlifting and judo at the Summer Beijing Paralympics last year.

6. Hai Phong Cement sweep V-League voting

Hai Phong Cement, who won all four of their V-League games in July, were named team of the month, the Viet Nam Football Federation announced.

The team received 46 votes from sports reporters in the country.

The Hai Phong side had another reason to be happy – maestro Brazilian Leandro De Oliveira was named player of the month.

National top striker Pham Van Quyen of Song Lam Nghe An, came second and Hoang Dinh Tung from Thanh Hoa, third.

Hai Phong’s Vuong Tien Dung was named coach of the month.

Meanwhile, the best goal of the month was awarded to Quyen, who scored from a free kick in a game against Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

From: VietNamNet

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