In a recent interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency, Yen stressed that due attention has been paid to promoting sports development and physical education, focusing on expanding international cooperation – one of the top priorities towards realising goals set in the national strategy for development of physical education and sports to 2020, with a vision to 2030.Vietnam’s entrance into the international sports movement
According to Yen, Vietnam’s participation in the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia in 1980 marked a milestone of international collaboration for the Vietnamese sports sector, paving the way for the country to take part in events of this kind for years to come.International cooperation
President of the world football governing body FIFA Gianni Infantino recently pledged to support football development programmes in Vietnam.
FIFA will continue supporting the FIFA Goal Project in Vietnam by providing financial resources, the building of a laboratory and high-quality training room, and referee training, he said.
By a different way, UNESCO also shown its interest in Vietnam’s sports development, especially its efforts to ensure a fair and equitable playing field and to protect young people involved in sports, funding the project called “Fund for the elimination of doping in sports” in 2013 and 2014 in Vietnam.
The projects included seminars in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, to the benefit of hundreds of athletes and coaches in different sports.
Many other developed countries like Japan, the UK, and especially the Republic of Korea (RoK) have also committed to supporting Vietnam in hosting big sports events.
Japan has promised to support Vietnam, not only in preparing for its hosting of regional sports events, but also in sports development in general.
According to head of the athletics section of the VSA Duong Duc Thuy, young Vietnamese football players have been offered the chance to go to Japan for long-term training.
This is expected to help Vietnam realise its targets at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Thuy said.
Recently, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and the Japan Football Association (JFA) signed a MoU on bilateral football cooperation.
Accordingly, the VFF and JFA will support each other at regional and international football forums, exchange human resources for football development, and provide assistance and training opportunities to their national football teams.
The two sides also pledged to share experience in football equipment management and football-related legal issues, while enabling each other’s trainers, referees, and officials to attend seminars held in each nation to exchange knowledge on football.
Early this year, the VFF signed a MoU with the RoK’s Football Association (KFA) in Hanoi, which will foster bilateral cooperation in regional and international football activities, exchange personnel, and send more experts to the two countries’ football events.
The two sides agreed to send experienced trainers to support the national football academies, share experience in football management and regulations, as well as knowledge on sports medicine and rehabilitation.
VFF President Le Hung Dung stressed the great contributions made by RoK coach Park Hang-seo – head coach of Vietnam’s national men’s football team – and his assistants from the RoK towards the team’s silver medal at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in January this year.
KFA President Chung Mong-gyu said the deal will help boost Vietnam-RoK cooperation in personnel, young player training, and other issues. He vowed that his association will provide support for Vietnam’s football development.
Recently, RoK’s new visa policy for Vietnamese citizens is hoped to promote all-round ties between the two countries, including sports exchange.
RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyon said that seeing Vietnamese people’s love for coach Park Hang-seo inspired the RoK Government to make its visa allowance decision.
The recent prominent achievements of Vietnam’s women’s and men’s football teams at regional events, and their rising positions in FIFA rankings, have shown the effectiveness of international partnerships in sports.
Vice head of the VSA Le Hoang Yen stressed that the strong international cooperation contributes to not only improving the professionalism and performance of athletes, but also bettering the organisation and management capacity of managers, coaches, referees, and health workers in the sector.
It helps Vietnam map out specific policies for seeking out and training promising athletes, which requires a long-term, systematic, and scientific process, she noted.
Partnership formation with countries around the world, especially those with strong sports development, brings many benefits, contributing to attracting many international organisations and businesses to invest in sport, promoting the application of technology in training and the building of sports infrastructure facilities, she added.
However, experts have said that the limited foreign language proficiency of athletes and management staff makes it difficult for them to acquire knowledge and experience when attending training courses in foreign countries or in communicating with foreign experts and athletes.
They also mentioned financial difficulties in the international cooperation work, saying that this has a great impact on exchange and cooperation with developed countries such as the US and European countries due to the high cost of training activities.
According to the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the agency has built and submitted a strategy for international integration and cooperation until 2025 to leaders of the VSA.
The strategy focuses on training human resources with good foreign language proficiency; increasing support for bringing Vietnamese athletes and coaches to international sports events; promoting the organisation of international sports events in Vietnam; looking for more financial assistance from international organisations for sports development; and expanding collaboration in the application of science and technology in this field.
Vietnam prepares for international sports events
According to vice head of the VSA Tran Duc Phan, Vietnam’s sports sector is actively preparing for three upcoming regional and international sports events, which are the SEA Games 30 in the Philippines in November 2019, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, and ASIAD 2022 in China
The SEA Games is viewed as the most important arena for Vietnam at the moment because of its suitability for most of the country’s athletes at present, as well as providing motivation and preparation for the bigger arenas of the upcoming ASIAD and Olympics.
Notably, as the host of SEA Games 31 in 2021, Vietnam is expected to set itself ambitious targets, he noted.
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