Tokyo-bound boxer still big news in Vietnam

Nguyen Van Duong with his ticket to Tokyo. © VnExpress
Nguyen Van Duong with his ticket to Tokyo. © VnExpress

Hanoi, Vietnam, January 4, 2021: Boxer Nguyen Van Duong’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games was named third best sports story of 2020 by Vietnam News, the national English language daily.

Duong won his ticket for Tokyo after defeating Chatchai Decha-Butdee of Thailand in the men’s featherweight (-57kg) quarterfinals of the Asia/Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan in March. He was Vietnam’s only qualifier from this event.

This is the second time in history a Vietnamese boxer will participate in the Olympics after Đặng Hiếu Hiền fought in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

The other four Vietnamese Olympic qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 to date are swimmer Nguyễn Huy Hoàng, gymnast Lê Thanh Tùng and archers Đỗ Thị Ánh Nguyệt and Nguyễn Hoàng Phi Vũ.

Vietnam News rated the top story as the V. League 1 football season being completed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by preparations for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be staged in Hanoi and nearby cities and provinces in November 2021 with 40 sports and 520 medal events.

The following stories completed the top 10:

4, Country's first Formula 1 race cancelled

5, National team athletes shine at 2020 National Athletics Championships with five gold medals for Le Tu Chinh of HCM City

6, HCM City 1 win National Women’s Football Championship for the ninth time

7, Nguyễn Đạt runs a marathon on the rooftop of an apartment building on April 4, taking 6 hours, 22 minutes and 11 seconds on the 25m track

8, VBA basketball season completed in bubble with seven teams

9, Futsal tournaments wow spectators

10, Dalat Ultra Trail cancelled after athlete dies due to extreme weather conditions.