The 18th Asian Games (ASIAD) will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. Up to this time, the Vietnamese Sports delegation will be in Indonesia to attend ASIAD 2018 in less than 20 days and all preparatory work has basically been completed.
According to Mr. Tran Duc Phan – Deputy Director General of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, all preparatory work has basically been completed. The current athletes have relatively good preparation. Throughout recent national and international competitions, athletes show their optimism. The achievements for ASIAD are in line with the goals set by the training committee.
Bui Thi Thu Thao is expected to bring about achievement for the Vietnamese athletes
It is only less than 20 days to ASIAD so the team is in the sprint phase. For speed racing such as athletics, bicycling, etc., the coaching staff has begun to push the limits to achieve near-term achievement in the official tournament and to adapt to the strength of each athlete to score the highest achievement in ASIAD.
Shooting courses such as shooting, archery are reinforcing techniques, focusing on improving professional and mental strength, psychology in competition. In this particularly important period, the major taekwondo athletes, shooters are training and competing in Korea; archery competition in Taiwan; Karate in Iran and the athletics team had a good training at the Ho Chi Minh City International Athletics Championship.
According to Mr. Tran Duc Phan, until mid-August, all teams will join forces in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to prepare to move to Jakarta and Palembang. It can be said that professional work prepared for ASIAD this time is ensured to be in line with the plan with almost no difficulties for the preparation of the delegation.
Talking about the opportunities of Vietnam Sports at the 2018 Asian Games, Mr. Tran Duc Phan said: “At present, we are aiming to have a Olympic sports to achieve high rankings. By reviewing all athletes of participating countries, we realize that to achieve the goal of 3 gold medals, Vietnamese athletes will face many difficulties.
Because ASIAD is the arena of the world, the Olympic sports are the sports of the world, it is very difficult to win gold medal at this Asian Games. Accordingly, our athletes must do their best to be able to achieve.”
ASIAD 18 is the Asian Games in which Viet Nam is crowned with a record number of athletes and according to the targets, Vietnam focuses on Olympic gold medals such as athletics, weightlifting, shooting, archery, swimming, bicycle. Special martial arts are also highly sought after such as taekwondo, karate, wushu, silat, kurash, jujitshu, boxing.
Hoang Xuan Vinh is expected to win the gold medal in shooting
Based on the actual assessment, the sports that Vietnam is most likely to win medals at ASIAD 2018 is athletics, swimming, gymnastics, shooting and weightlifting. The hope of the Vietnamese sports that can win is: Hoang Xuan Vinh (shooting), Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (swimming), Thach Kim Tuan (weightlifting), Le Tu Chinh (athletics) … Two consecutive years winning the Asian gold medals (2017, 2018) in the female’s long jump, Bui Thi Thu Thao is expected to bring Vietnam the ASIAD gold medal for the first time.
Currently, the entire travel schedule of the Vietnamese Sports delegation from Hanoi City and Ho Chi Minh City has been specifically planned for each team, each staff when moving to Jakarta and Palembang. In addition, other logistics activities such as dress rehearsal, sportswear for athletes, logistical issues of the athletes, the internal affairs of the delegation and the Vietnamese Sports delegation at Asiad is almost done.
Hope at ASIAD 2018, the number of medals of the delegation of Vietnam will exceed the previous period. At ASIAD 2010, Vietnam had 17 categories in the martial arts final round but only won one gold medal in karate by Le Bich Phuong. ASIAD 17, Vietnam with 199 athletes in 21 subjects, has 11 subjects in the final round and also won only one gold medal by Duong Thuy Vi in wushu, not worth the expectation.
Duong Thuy Vi won wushu gold medal at ASIAD 17
Attend ASIAD 2018, Vietnamese Sports delegation with about 400 athletes, competing in 33/40 subjects . This is also the highest number of members in the history of the Asian Games of the sports of Vietnam. The General Department of Sports and Physical Training has reviewed the entire official list of the Vietnamese Sports delegation to send to the Organization Board before 18/8. And expected next few days, the Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien – Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism will sign the decision to issue the list of Vietnamese Sports delegation in ASIAD 18.