Việt Nam laboured to a 2-0 win over minnows Timor Leste on Sunday night. — Photo vietnamplus.vn Peter Cowan So far, so shaky. Việt Nam may have topped Group A and reached the semi-finals of the SEA Games men’s football, but their performances in Phú Thọ Province have been far from convincing. The opening night 3-0 win over Indonesia aside, coach Park Hang-seo’s young charges have flattered to deceive in every outing. From where I sit the main problem has been an inability to break down the packed defences that the pre-tournament favourites were always bound to come up against. Sunday night’s 2-0 win over Timor Leste was another example. Even though Park chose to rest most of his top players for the game against the group’s weakest team, Việt Nam still should have been much more comfortable winners. Instead, they needed two headed goals from good but not particularly creative deliveries to pull away from a side that conjured up a few dangerous … [Read more...] about The Local Game: History is written by the victors
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The capital has left a good impression on Southeast Asia sports delegations and international reporters attending the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31). Foreign correspondents and athletes attending the 31st SEA Games shared with The Hanoi Tim es their profound feelings about Hanoi - the warm and thoughtful welcome the city has accorded them. Hanoi welcomes delegates attending the SEA Games 31. Photo: Duy Khanh/ The Hanoi Times Ahmad Munawwar Helmi Salim, medical team leader for the Malaysian sports delegation: Impressed with the strong development of Hanoi Ahmad Munawwar Helmi Salim, medical team leader for the Malaysian sports delegation. Photos: Do Huong This is the first business trip of our delegation after a long period of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have about 40 medical staff including doctors and nurses attending the event. The schedules and locations of the competitions held in Hanoi and some neighboring … [Read more...] about Hanoi gives SEA Games 31 warm, thoughtful welcome
My father taught me how to swim when I was five. He took two coconuts and secured them together with a cloth to make a makeshift buoy. I used it to keep afloat as I flailed at the water in the middle of a flooded field. When I figured out how to stay afloat, my father took away the coconuts and planted two poles, two meters apart, in the water. I had to swim from one to the other. With each passing day the poles got further apart. One day I was able to swim all the way to the furthest part and make it back to land safely. It was how I and my siblings learned to swim. It was how all the kids in the Mekong Delta did. Our parents were not professional coaches, and merely passed down their experience to their children. Yet I rarely heard of anyone drowning in my hometown. My father said parents started thinking about teaching their children how to swim as soon as they were able to walk. It only takes a small mistake to lose one's life in the waters of the delta. We used to get … [Read more...] about Who is to blame when kids drown?