Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem has qualified for the third round of the 2011 World Chess Cup after defeating Russian rival Boris Grachev on September 1. Liem is among the world’s 32 top players who have all qualified for the third round. Next he will meet the winner of the game between GM. Lazaro Bruzon Batista (ELO 2637) and GM. Francisco Vallejo Pons (ELO 2724). His teammate, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, was involved in a drawn match with GM. Peter Svidler (ELO 2739) on September 1. Son will play again in a tiebreak game, in which the winner is calculated by adding the sum of the player's points he has defeated by to half the sum of the points from the drawn match. … [Read more...] about Quang Liem through to third round of World Chess Cup
Vietnamese gymnast Ha Thanh from the northern beach city Hai Phong won a bronze medal in the women’s vault event at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held in Tokyo from October 7-16. Gymnast Ha Thanh and her father Photo: Tuoi Tre The medal secures her a ticket to compete at the Olympic London 2012. It marks the first time an athlete from Vietnam wins an official berth to the Olympic Games. Nguyen Dinh Nghia, head of the Hai Phong Sports Center, said he will propose to the municipal department of sports to award Thanh a tenured position in the department and consider giving her a house. “Thanh will receive special attention and investment from the city’s authorities,” he added. … [Read more...] about Vietnam wins bronze at world gymnastics champs
World champion Yusuf Saad Kamel blasted Bahrain team officials after crashing out of the 1,500 meters at the Asian Games on Monday, saying they had forced him to run with a painful knee injury. Yusuf Saad Kamel of Bahrain "I got an injury on my right knee in June this year. I told my team officials but they didn't listen to me," said Kenya-born Kamel after he finished ninth in his heat. "They pushed me to come here and that's why I'm here." "I felt pain when I warm up and it hurts when I run ... I'm not upset about my failure, but about their pushing me to run. I know that I can't achieve anything." Kamel was born Gregory Koncellah but switched citizenship to Bahrain in 2003. He is the son of Billy Koncellah, who won gold for Kenya in the 800m at the 1987 and 1991 world championships. Mohammed Shaween of Saudi Arabia qualified fastest with a time of three minutes 44.51 seconds, more than 10 seconds slower than his personal best. Bahrain's Belal Mansoor Ali, the … [Read more...] about World champion Kamel says team forced him to run injured
The international community was quick to respond to the confirmation of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday by saying it hoped the National Transitional Council (NTC) would start to organize a democratic government. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Gaddafi's death and the end of fighting in the North African country mark "a historic transition for Libya." "Yet let us recognize immediately that this is only the end of the beginning -- the road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges," the Secretary-General said in an interactive dialogue on global sustainability, which was organized by the UN General Assembly. "Combatants on both sides must lay down their arms in peace," he said. "This is a time for healing and rebuilding, for generosity of spirit, not for revenge." In a White House statement Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama said that Libya had a "long and winding road to full democracy" and the Libyan people "have … [Read more...] about World expects peace restoration in Libya
The concrete actions of each person can save the world from hatred, selfishness, coldness and lack of caring. This is VietNamNet’s urgent call to the people of the planet. A Day for Reconciliation American leading expert on political media to visit Vietnam “Each of us has a role to play in the normalization process” VietNamNet on September 8 launched the Reconciliation Website at http://day0909.net , where readers can contribute their ideas to promote the World Reconciliation Day. VietNamNet, Vietnam’s leading on-line newspaper, and many Vietnamese and foreign intellectuals, joining with the people of all walks of life, all over the world who are dreaming and working for a peaceful and worthwhile life, choose this day, September 9 as “World Reconciliation Day.” On this day, we call on the leaders of the world to stop acts that make people feel wretched and fearful. Let’s stop manufacturing weapons. Let’s … [Read more...] about Let’s celebrate September 9th as World Reconciliation Day!