Sports News 22/8

Hoang Anh Gia Lai let players go in major shake-up Hoang Anh Gia Lai plan to make big changes in personnel in the coming season, as 12 players have been removed from their squad list. The V-League side have decided to filter their team after a poor result in the 2013-14 season, finishing at No 9, out of 12 teams. The out-of-use list includes both unknown players, such as Thanh Tuan and Minh Hoang, as well as key members Nguyen Quy Suu, Duong Van Pho and Phung Van Nhien. Also, Doan Nguyen Duc, owner of Hoang Anh Gia Lai, has created a plan to push their U19 generation to compete in the national premier league next season. Their U19s include Nguyen Cong Phuong, Nguyen Tuan Anh and Tran Huu Dong Trieu, who contribute the most to the current national U19 squad. Earlier, Hoang Anh Gia Lai ended their contract with South Korean coach Choi Yoon-gyum. YBA golf tournament ready to kick off in HCM City The fourth YBA Golf Tournament is scheduled to commence today in Thu Duc Golf Course … [Read more...]

YBA golf tournament ready to kick off in HCM City

HCM CITY (VNS) - The fourth YBA Golf Tournament is scheduled to commence today in Thu Duc Golf Course in District 9 in HCM City. The annual charity event is expected to attract 250 golfers who are entrepreneurs competing in five divisions. Anyone who manages to hit a hole-in-one will walk away with an apartment worth about VND4 billion (US$190,000), and a cash prize of VND500 million. The tournament aims to raise funds for building houses for poor fishermen. - VNS … [Read more...]

Sports News 4/8

Tien Minh not seeded at world champs Top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh will be the only Vietnamese in the men's singles of the Copenhagen world championships in Denmark from August 25 to 31, according to the World Badminton Federation. Minh, who was a regular top 10 in previous tournaments, is not seeded this time as he is No.15 in the world. Vu Thi Trang, the top national player will compete in the women's singles category. The championship draw will be held on August 24. At the world's most prestigious tournament, players compete as individuals in five events of the men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.- Vietnamese gymnast to compete in Youth Olympics in China Tran Vuong Dinh is the only Vietnamese gymnast being invited to compete in the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing , China , later this month. Dinh, 16, participated in a qualifying round in Uzbekistan in April and entered the top 10 list. It means that he qualified for the Youth Olympic … [Read more...]

KoCham charity night for needy people

Kieu Giang This is KoCham's biggest event of the year with the participation of members who join a golf tournament in the morning at Thu Duc Golf Course and an award ceremony/gala dinner at night at the Nikko Saigon Hotel, 235 Nguyen Van Cu Street in District 1. The golf tournament is expected to draw around 160 KoCham members who will bid to win the Hole-in-one prize sponsored by Mercedes Benz, with 15 team and individual prizes. The award ceremony will also feature art performances and a lucky draw. The two events are being held to raise VND100 million each to the Sponsoring Associations for the Disabled and Orphans in HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, VND40 million to Thien Phuoc Center for disabled children, VND100 million to HCMC Association of Agent Orange/dioxin victims and VND50 million to typhoon victims in central Vietnam. The rest of the funds will be spent on annual activities, including supporting the poor, building houses of gratitude and awarding … [Read more...]

Schedule of activities at International Tourism Expo Ho Chi Minh City 2013

(TITC) - International Tourism Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE - HCMC) is an annually international tourism event attracting the participation of tourism promotion agencies from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and China; tourism associations, tourism-related enterprises, tour operators, hotels in Viet Nam and abroad, departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism and tourism associations of provinces, city nationwide… This is one of the largest events of the tourism industry supported by Vietnamese Government to promote the joint destination's image of Five countries - One destination (CLMTV), of which focusing on promoting Viet Nam's destination to key markets; at the same time creating opportunities for domestic tourism businesses, especially small and medium businesses to exchange, sign economic cooperation contracts with key and potential markets. ITE - HCMC is a festival for tourism consumers in Viet Nam with promotional forms, special discounts during the year-end and New Lunar Year of … [Read more...]

HCM City hosts golf champs for business leaders

The CEO Open Golf & Life Tournament 2013 will tee off at the Thu Duc Golf Course in HCM City on Thursday. The tournament, organised by the Golf & Life magazine is expected to attract 144 golfers from the southern region who will compete in three divisions with handicaps of 0-15, 16-28 and 29 plus. Anyone lucky to hit a hole-in-one will walk away with lavish prizes including two Mercedes cars, a diamond ring, Vertu luxury cellphone and business class tickets to Europe.-VNS … [Read more...]

City golf course to lose license

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan has instructed agencies concerned to consider revoking the license of a major golf course project and use part of the land to build houses for workers. The Hiep Binh Phuoc Golf Course, covering an area of 160.5 hectares in Thu Duc District, was licensed in October 2007. But so far its investor, the Yonwoo-Van Phuc joint venture, had failed to implement the project citing financial difficulties. Quan instructed agencies concerned to earmark four hectares of the project to build houses for workers. On Tuesday, Quan also asked the Department of Planning and Investment to review implementation of golf course projects in the city and report to the municipal administration by next Friday. Of seven golf courses licensed in the city, six have been very slow, the city said. HCMC authorities had also said earlier that in addition to Hiep Binh Phuoc, they would consider revoking the license of three other golf … [Read more...]

CT Group champions new golf course

CT Group has officially drawn the curtains to unveil its distinctive new golf course in the western area of the southern hub. Designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, who were named Asian Golf Monthly's 'Best Golf Course Architects' last year, the $43.2 million CT Sphinx Golf Club & Residences is being promoted as the most beautiful golf course in Vietnam. Covering a 200 ha land on the bank of Thay River in Tan Thong Hoi commune, Ho Chi Minh City's Cu Chi district, the complex comprises a 36-hole golf course with an 18-hole professional -caliber course and an 18-hole golf-course for general golfers and 200 luxury villas. A 10,000sqm Club House inside CT Sphinx Golf Club and Residences will provide restaurants along the river; a business centre for large meetings; luxury boutiques, golf shops, a coffee-bar-wine lounge, gym and entertainment areas for children. With much of the infrastructure already completed, the project's first 18 holes in the golf course is expected to be … [Read more...]

Teed off (01-04-2012)

with Robert Bicknell Amazing, the truth was finally came out when Tiger Woods admitted to multiple counts of infidelity against his caddie, his dog and his gardener. He has voluntarily checked in to the Betty Ford Centre for substance abuse, specifically lawn fertiliser, and will miss the Masters. Then, of course, this is April 1st, aka "April Fools Day", so it's a safe bet I made that story up. However, what isn't a joke is Tiger won his first 'real' tournament since returning full-time to the PGA Tour. OK, the Arnold Palmer Invitational isn't exactly a screaming nightmare of an event, and anytime you're around Arnie, it's a bonus. But a win is a win, so we have to give Tiger credit for getting back on the A-list again. For a while, the golf world worried he might become another David Duval. One of the cable sports channels has been showing past Masters tournaments and I gotta tell ya, I can never get enough of looking at Augusta National. But something struck me while watching the … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 9/2

Four teenagers drown in reservoir Four eighth-graders from the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong drowned yesterday evening while at a party, mere hours before their participation in the provincial contest for gifted students. The girls, aged 14 and 15, from the same class at Nguyen Chi Thanh Upper Secondary School in Gia Nghia Town, held a pre-celebration party on the bank of the reservoir contained by the Dak Kai Dam yesterday afternoon, according to their families. Their bodies were found at around 8pm, about three hours after they fell into the water. The case is under investigation. Fire breaks out at market in Quang Ngai Province A fire broke out at the Quang Ngai City Market, the largest one in the central province of Quang Ngai, at about 5am today, causing an initial estimate of hundreds of billion of Vietnamese dong in losses. Breaking out at 5 am today, Feb 9, the fire at Quang Ngai city market is not under control. (Photo: VNN) Ten fire engines and … [Read more...]

Award for the best golf course in Viet Nam 2010 – 2011

Viet Nam Golf Magazine in coordination with Viet Nam Golf Association, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and General Department of Gymnastics and Sports held awarding ceremony to announce titles for winners in the campaign "Vote for Viet Nam's best golf course 2010 - 2011" on October 5, 2011 at the Movenpick Hotel (Hanoi).The participants in the ceremony included Chairman of the Viet Nam Golf Association, General Editor of the Viet Nam Golf Magazine Doan Manh Giao, Deputy Director General of the VNAT Nguyen Manh Cuong, representatives of the General Department of Gymnastics and Sports and golf courses in Viet Nam and journalists. Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Director General of VNAT Nguyen Manh Cuong said the event "Vote for Viet Nam's best golf course 2010 - 2011" has contributed to praise the beauty of the golf courses in Viet Namand encourage them in improving to meet international standards on environment as well as needs of players. This also aims to … [Read more...]

Young entrepreneurs give VND200 million for ‘Vi Truong Sa than yeu’ program

PANO - The Young Businessmen's Association of Ho Chi Minh City (YBA) has launched a charitable golf tournament, with the participation of 150 golfers, at the Thu Duc Golf Course in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. The tournament aimed to raise funds for YBA's "Golden Heart Fund" and was also a good opportunity for the YBA's members and other businessmen in the city to improve cooperation and relations. At the award ceremony, held on August 5th, YBA granted VND200 million for the 'Vi Truong Sa than yeu' ("For beloved Spratly Islands") program launched by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. On this occasion, the YBA also presented scholarships, worth VND180 million, to poor pupils in the City through the Study Encouragement Fund of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. According to Nguyen Hoang Ha, YBA's Board member, President of YBA's Golden Heart Fund and CEO of An Cu Group, the participants of the tournament raised more than VND1 billion for the YBA's … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 25/7

Hanoi's tiny 'golden lot' goes for VND47 billion An investor of a trade center and office building project finally had a deal on Tuesday on the compensation price for a prime site at Hang Bai - Hai Ba Trung intersection in Hanoi City's Hoan Kiem District, offering tenants a staggering VND47 billion (US$2.3 million) for an area of just 56 square meters. Five households in the small building at the intersection handed over land and received compensation on Tuesday. They signed papers to accept the compensation and to hand over the land to T&T New Era JS Company as the project developer.The deal thus averted a forced relocation plan due to be launched on Tuesday by Hoan Kiem District authorities.Lam Quoc Hung, vice chairman of Hoan Kiem District's People's Committee, said: "We don't have to apply any coercive measures against the tenants because they agreed to move."Tran Hong Son, vice chairman of T&T New Era JS Company, said the families in the area had just accepted the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese martial artists to compete at world championships

Vietnamese martial artists are set to take part in the 6th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships to kick off at the Sports Complex Olympiets in Russia on July 29. Participants will be competing in nine events, separated into U-18, 19-30 and above 30 age groups. The three-day tournament is expected to attract 700 athletes from 70 countries. At last year's tournament, held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Viet Nam won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal to finish in second place behind South Korea. Evaldo scores 20th goal of the season with hat-trick With a hat trick against Dong Tam Long An, Brazilian Evaldo Goncalves of Hoang Anh Gia Lai, has scored his 20th goal of the 2011 V-League season. Since the birth of the V-League in 2000, only two players, Kesley Alves (21 goals in 2005) and Jose Emidio Almeida (23 goals in 2008), have managed to score more than 20 goals per season. With four rounds left in the 2011 V-League season, the Hoang Anh Gia Lai hit man is still in with a chance … [Read more...]

Golf event to raise scholarship funds

Photo: VNS VietNamNet Bridge - A golf tournament to raise university scholarship funds for disadvantaged students named 'Giving Strength to Study' is scheduled to tee off at Thu Duc Golf Course on Saturday. The event is expected to attract more than 140 amateur golfers. Three Mercedes Benz are up for grabs for anyone who shoots a hole in one. According to the event's organising board, nearly VND4 billion (US$190,480) has been raised from sponsors nationwide. Last year, the organisers raised nearly VND2.8 billion (US$133,000). Founded in 2003, the fund has so far provided financial aid to more than 3,500 disadvantaged students throughout the country. VietNamNet/Viet Nam News … [Read more...]

Teed Of (12-06-2011)

with Robert Bicknell Well, it took around 12 years but I finally had the opportunity to play golf at BoChang Dong Nai once again. The last time was while I worked for Thu Duc from 1998 - 2002 and, at that time, Dong Nai was only 18 holes and the "C" course still in the planning stages. The event that brought me back to the club was "Bar Wars" organised by Craig Brogan over at Phatty's Sports Bar. Apparently, Craig sets up many different tournaments during a year and attracts a good crowd. Driving down the entry road, I was once again enthralled by the rubber trees. I cannot help but wonder what it would be like to just wander around in there for a week or so. It seems so peaceful. A few staff remembered me and got the word out to management who came to say hello, which was nice. The "B" course welcomed me back like an old friend. It's been a long time, but I remembered most of the holes despite many trees having matured quite a bit over the years. It's a very good layout and even the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese group plants 100,000ha of rubber

PHNOM PENH — The Viet Nam Rubber Group (VRG) 's four subsidiaries yesterday kicked off a project to plant 100,000ha of rubber trees in Cambodia's Kratie Province under an agreement between the two countries. The subsidiaries are the Dong Nai Kratie, Dong Phu Kratie, Phu Rieng Kratie and Loc Ninh Kratie companies. Addressing the ceremony, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly said foreign investors, including the VRG, had played a major role in Cambodia's socio-economic achievements in recent years. The VRG has planted rubber trees in Cambodia since 2007. Its 11 subsidiary companies were allocated more than 95,000ha of land of which 26,000ha were already planted, according to Tran Ngoc Thuan, its general director. It plans to plant 50,000ha of rubber trees in Cambodia this year. The entire project is set for completion by the end of next year, with a total investment of US$200 million. Robusta experiences big month in futures exchange HCM CITY — Vietnamese robusta coffee had a … [Read more...]

Korean businesses raise money for charity

PANO - The Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KOCHAM) raised VND 530 million for the Disable People and Orphaned Children Associations in HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provinces and the HCM Association of Agent Orange/ Dioxin Victims. The sum was raised from the 7th Charity Golf Tournament at Thu Duc Course, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) yesterday by 200 golfers who are Korean businessmen, members of KOCHAM. The event is to welcome the success of the G-20 Korea Summit. KOCHAM, so far, has been very active in carrying out humanitarian activities in Vietnam. Besides raising funds for flood victims in central Vietnam provinces it has also helped build houses and gave scholarships for needy people and students in many cities and provinces in Vietnam. Translated by Van Hieu Photo for illustration only (hoaphuongdo) … [Read more...]

Golf Tournament to support AO/Dioxin victims held in HCMC

PANO - The Charity Golf Tournament 2010 to support AO/Dioxin victims in Ho Chi Minh City took place at Thu Duc Golf Course in HCMC yesterday. 140 Vietnamese and foreign golfers joined the event organized by businessmen of the companies DADUL and HONMA of the Republic of Korea. VND200 million was raised on the first day of the tournament and was handed over to the HCMC's Fund for AO/Dioxin victims by Lim Hak Rae, DADUL Golf Vietnam's Chairman of the Board of Directors. On behalf of the Fund's leaders, Major-General Tran Ngoc Tho, Chairman of the HCMC Fund for AO/Dioxin victims expressed his sincere thanks to the event's organizing board for their valuable support to the AO/Dioxin victims. Translated by Vu Hung … [Read more...]