Vietnamese athletes have wasted no time after arriving in Tokyo and have immediately started training for their upcoming Olympic competitions.
|Vietnam Olympics Team arrive Tokyo safe and sound on July 19. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
The two archers, Nguyen Hoang Phi Vu and Do Thi Anh Nguyet, will be first up with their first competitions at the Tokyo International Forum tomorrow, just hours before the opening ceremony.
Rowing duo, Luong Thi Thao and Dinh Thi Hao will compete at the Sea Forest Waterway on the same day.
“Waves and wind are stronger here than in our training centre at home. It is our first training so we are just getting familiar with the water and the route,” said rower Thao.
Runner Quach Thi Lan however will be the last to compete with her first run at the 400m hurdles taking place on July 31.
Meanwhile, the badminton team has not been given permission to practice at the competition venue. They can only currently go to the gym and work out.
“My players have to train as usual but they are asked to wear face masks and use antiseptic liquid to ensure their safety from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said coach Ngo Trung Dung.
During their 14 days of the Olympic competition, athletes are only allowed to move within designated areas and must register their routes with the organisers to minimise the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Athletes are tested daily in the village, after being tested at least twice before leaving home, and again upon arrival.
Vietnamese sportsmen are staying on the 11th floor of a tower within the Olympic Village which provides a total of 3,600 rooms and 18,000 beds. Famously the beds have disposable cardboard frames.
The Tokyo Olympics are not open for supporters but a day after their arrival, the Vietnamese athletes received strong support from the Vietnamese Association in Japan (VAIJ). The association provided free wifi transmitters for all members of the Vietnamese team.
VAIJ hope the support will serve as a source of encouragement for the delegation, given the limited contact because of the pandemic.
The Tokyo Games will receive more than 11,000 athletes who will compete in 33 sports. It will officially open tomorrow and end on August 8.
Vietnamese athletes who win gold medals will receive a bonus of VND2.35 billion (US$102,000) each. Silver medalists will receive VND1.32 billion ($57,300) and the bronze medal recipients will pocket VND840 million ($37,000).
|Athletes and coaches arrive at the Olympic Village. — VNA/VNS Photo|
|Gymnast Dinh Phuong Thanh practices at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo. —Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan is one of Vietnam’s best hopes for a medal in Tokyo. —Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Vietnamese archers Nguyen Hoang Phi Vu and Do Thi Anh Nguyet (right) take part in their first training session in Tokyo. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Boxers Nguyen Van Duong and Nguyen Thi Tam (right) spar in preparation for their Olympics debut. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh (right) shots at Tokyo’s Asaka Shooting Range. He will defend his 10m air pistol title. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Judo star Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (right) practise with her coach. Thuy was the last athlete to win a slot for Vietnam at the Olympics. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Nguyen Thuy Linh works out at a gym. She is one of two Vietnamese badminton players in the 2020 Olympics. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Rowing duo Dinh Thi Hao and Luong Thi Thao seen on the water at the Sea Forest Waterway in Uminomori, Koto-ku, Tokyo, on July 20. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
|Runner Quach Thi Lan (left) talks with her coach during practice at the Olympic Village. — Photo courtesy of Vietnam Olympics Team|
Source: Vietnam News
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