Nearly 140 players to compete in Nhan Dan newspaper national table tennis tourney

Tuesday, 2017-05-09 10:13:20
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NDO – The Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Championships will take place in the northern province of Hai Duong from May 14 to 21, marking 35 years since the Party newspaper first organised the largest national-scale table tennis tournament.

The information was released by the organising committee at a press conference held at Nhan Dan Newspaper’s headquarters in Hanoi on the morning of May 9.

The week-long competition will bring together nearly 140 players representing 15 delegations from across the country, who are to compete for seven sets of medals in the men’s singles and doubles, the women’s singles and doubles and the mixed category.

In addition to the major awards, the organising committee will also present two prospective prizes for the best young male and female players, and grant awards to the host locality as well as disadvantaged localities which have actively developed the grassroot table tennis movements.

This year, the organising committee will continue working with the Vien Dong Assurance Corporation (VASS) to implement injury insurance for participants, with an insurance value of up to VND200 million (US$8,800) per person.

Addressing the briefing, Phan Huy Hien, Deputy Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan newspaper and head of the steering committee for the tournament, noted that the annual event aims to draw witness to the quality of table tennis training as well as promote table tennis movements in localities and sectors all over the country.

Furthermore, it also offers a good chance for players to sharpen their skills and vie for slots in the national teams, in preparation for future international and regional competitions, notably the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia this August, he emphasised.

Deputy Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan newspaper Phan Huy Hien speaks at the briefing.

The upcoming championship in Hai Duong, one of the cradles of Vietnamese table tennis, is expected to entertain fans with exciting matches between most of Vietnam’s leading players in the sport, namely Dao Duy Hoang, Nguyen Thi Viet Linh, Phan Hoang Tuong Giang, Pham Thi Thien Kim (Ministry of Public Security); Mai Hoang My Trang (Petrosetco); Phan Huy Hoang, Tran Tuan Quynh, Nguyen Anh Tu (Hanoi T&T); Doan Kien Quoc (Khanh Hoa); Dinh Quang Linh and Le Tien Dat (Army team); and Doan Ba Tuan Anh (Vicem Hoang Thach Hai Duong).

Hien took the occasion to pass on his deep thanks to the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the Vietnam Table Tennis Federation and the PetroVietnam Ca Mau Fertilizer Joint Stock Company - the main sponsor of the tournament - for their smooth coordination in organising the championships over the past years.

The draw for the tournament will be held on May 14, one day before competition commences. The official opening and closing ceremonies are scheduled on May 16 and 21, respectively.

At last year’s event, Dinh Quang Linh of the Army team beat Nguyen Anh Tu of the T&T team 3-2 to claim the men’s singles crown, while Mai Hoang My Trang of Petrosetco Ho Chi Minh City successfully defended the women’s singles title following her 4-0 win over Hanoi’s Nguyen Thi Nga, who was voted “Miss Beauty” of the tournament.

The men’s, women’s and mixed doubles titles went to Tran Tuan Quynh-Nguyen Anh Tu (T&T), My Trang-Thanh Thu (Petrosetco HCM City) and My Trang-Dinh Duy (Petrosetco HCM City), respectively.

The T&T team and Petrosetco HCM City were named the men’s and women’s team champions following their corresponding victories against the Army team (3-1) and the Ministry of Public Security team (3-1).

Reigning men's singles champion Dinh Quang Linh of the Army team.

Reigning women's singles champion Mai Hoang My Trang of Petrosetco HCM City.

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