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Asian Olympic Council delegation visits VN

General Director of the National Sports Administration Vuong Bich Thang (third from the right) hosted a delegation from the Olympic Council of Asia. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — General Director of the National Sports Administration Vuong Bich Thang held a working session with a delegation from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) led by David DS Moon.

At the meeting in Ha Noi on Tuesday, Moon said the OCA delegation’s visit aimed to promote the role of athletes through the establishment and development of athletes committees under national Olympic committees.

He said the OCA wants to discuss with the National Sports Administration a project on training athletes to prepare them for life after retiring from competition. The OCA official also mentioned granting scholarships for athletes with excellent performances and those in disadvantaged circumstances. He expressed his hope that after completing the national sport training centre in Can Tho, Viet Nam will invite foreign athletes to the centre for exchanges.

General Director Thang said Viet Nam’s sport performance is still far below the Asian level, and the country hopes to receive support from the OCA to improve. The Vietnamese sport official hailed the athlete training project, which he said drew great interest from the Government of Viet Nam. He expressed his hope that the project will be launched soon.

Thang also reported that the Viet Nam Olympic Committee’s athlete development board has begun operations but its work has not produced desired results. He said Viet Nam needs more assistance from the OCA.

Moon expressed his hope that Viet Nam will host the World Taekwondo Championship in 2019 with sponsorship of South Korean enterprises. — VNS

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