VietNamNet Bridge – Of 392 members of the Vietnamese sport delegation to the Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou, China, there are 260 athletes and the remaining members are officials, doctors, experts and coaches.
The list has surprised many people since the number of athletes was previously scheduled to be 300 people. Non-athlete members are equivalent to one half of the athletes, with 132 people. The group has two German experts and four doctors – three German and one Vietnamese.
The ASIAD organizing board will cover expenditures for 30 Vietnamese athletes. The General Department of Sports and Physical Training will pay airfares for the remaining 352 people. The Golf Vietnam Association and the Hanoi Department of Sports and Physical Training will cover payment for six golfers and four sport dancers.
The General Department of Sports and Physical Training chief Vuong Bich Thang said that some officials will attend ASIAD 2010 to gain experience in order to prepare for hosting ASIAD in the future.
The head of the men’s football squad is the HCM City Football Federation Secretary General Duong Vu Lam. Coach Henrique Calisto and his four assistants will go to Guangzhou with 18 players. The women’s football squad will also go to China with 18 players and the chief Nguyen Trong Giap.
The shooting team has the highest number of members after football, with 22 people, including stars like Nguyen Manh Tuong, Hoang Xuan Vinh and Tran Quoc Cuong.
The wushu team will not have Vu Tra My, Mai Phuong and Thuy Linh because they have got injuries.
The badminton team will have only two representatives, Nguyen Tien Minh and Vu Thi Trang.
There will have only one gymnast - Do Thi Ngan Thuong – in the delegation.
The track-and-field team will not have star Bui Thi Nhung. She will end her career later this year.
The ASIAD 2010 is scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to November 27. A total of 476 events in 42 sports will be attended by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games. It will also be the last one to have presented such big events, as the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has enforced new hosting rules for future games, beginning with the 2014 Games.