Vietnamese swimmers to train in Hungary for SEA Games, ASIAD

The Vietnamese national swimming team will leave for Hungary on November 1 to train for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and 19th Asian Games (ASIAD).

The team has nine athletes including Nguyen Huy Hoang, Nguyen Huu Kim Son, Hoang Quy Phuoc, Le Thi My Thao, Ngo Dinh Chuyen, and Pham Thi Van.

Swimming star Nguyen Thi Anh Vien wasn’t on the list to go to Hungary, because she had previously written an application to leave the Vietnamese swimming team. Although the National Sports Administration and her military team haven’t made a final decision on her proposal, she refused to go to Hungary.

According to Tran Duc Phan, deputy director of the National Sports Administration, right after the Vietnamese sports delegation returned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the administration discussed investment and training for the swimmers.

Phan said that the process of preparing the swimming team to train abroad was urgent. If swimmers don’t train abroad, the current training conditions in the country plus the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic will greatly affect their performance.

High task

At the 30th SEA Games in 2019 in the Philippines, Vietnam won 11 gold medals and finished second in the region after Singapore (23 golds). The gold medallists in the 30th Games included Vien (six golds), Hoang (two golds), Tran Hung Nguyen (two golds), and Tran Tan Trieu (one gold).

In Hungary, the Vietnamese swimming team will enter the intensive training process to prepare for the 31st Games. Without Vien, the members of the Vietnamese swimming team will have to double their efforts to assert their position in the regional sporting event.

Another important task in 2022 of the team is to prepare for the ASIAD 19 in China in September. Vietnam has never won an ASIAD gold medal, the best achievement that Vietnamese swimmers is Hoang's silver medal at the 2018 ASIAD in the men’s 1,500m freestyle in Indonesia.

At the Asian event in 2018, Hoang finished with a time of 15:01.63 and only lost to the world's top swimmer Sun Yang of China. Currently, Sun Yang is banned after testing positive for a banned substance, so Hoang’s chance to change his colour of medal at the ASIAD 2022 is great.

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