Sports authorities in Vietnam are beginning to make strong imprint across the Asian continent.
Just weeks ago, the Vietnamese city of Hanoi was awarded Asia’s top sports carnival, the Asian Games, variously described the second biggest multi-sports event after the Olympics. The Vietnamese capital outbid Indonesia’s Surabaya for the right to host the Games in 2019.
Despite the fact that the nation has only the experience of the 2003 South East Asian Games and the 2009 Asian Indoor Games to fall back on, it has boldly ventured into a domain where only nine in Asia had previously attempted the gargantuan task of organizing the 45-nation Asian Games. These are India, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Iran, Korea, Qatar and China.
Since the birth of the initiative of the Indian professor, Guru Dutt Sondhi in 1951, the magnitude of the ASIAD has spiraled to mind-boggling proportions.
In the inaugural year, Delhi played host to 489 athletes from 11 countries participating in 6 sports involving 57 events. When the Chinese city of Guangzhou organized the 2010 Games, the figures were: 45 nations, 42 sports, 476 events, 9704 athletes! And seven years hence, Hanoi will be looking at figures probably well beyond these.
Vietnam’s confidence in its ability to host the Asian Games stems probably from the fact that in recent times it has been the venue for numerous sports events, not necessarily all of them Games. International conferences, courses, workshops, exchange programmes have gone a long way in instilling this confidence and badminton can take a sizable credit for this.
The Vietnam Badminton Federation regularly organizes world and regional events like the Grand Prix and Challenge series. Coupled to this, the Association also involves in playing host to regional training programmes, forums and seminars, primarily highlighting development programmes initiated by Badminton World Federation and Badminton Asia Confederation.
As recently as from the 15th – 23th of last month, the port city of Danang played host to the South East Asia BWF Level 1 Coaching Education Course. The nine-day event was attended by participants from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and host nation Vietnam.
The 11 participants who were also coaches were taken through a series of ‘Coaching Principles’ related to physical, technical, tactical and competitive skills by Course Conductors Muhammad Andy Ardiansyah of the BAC and Ian Gil Piencenaves of the Philippines.
Andy explained that the participants to the Course were nominated by their respective national association but they had to satisfy certain conditions: that they be above 18 years of age, are able to play all the basic strokes of the game, have coaching and teaching experience in the sport and have a good understanding of the Laws of Badminton.
Apart from the actual practical aspects of the game, the coaches were also involved in group management, designing practices, sports psychology and lifestyle.
A series of assessments will determine the final list of those who were successful. These will be presented with Certificates of Coaching Education Level 1 from BWF.
Andy, BAC Regional Development Officer was very encouraged by the response and commitment of the participating coaches who included Tun New Lien & Kyaw Kyaw Lwin of Burma, Lloyd Escoses of the Philippines, Nay Van Khirivuth& Ith Sereyvuth of Cambodia and locals Phu Toan Thien, Le Van, Chau Quang Dai, Le Nguyen Tuong Lan, Vo Viet Phouc and the lone rose among the ‘thorns’, Duong Thi Lien.
He felt that the experience of the Level 1 Course should inspire the participants to target for the higher level courses that are held periodically by both the regional Confederation and the World Federation.
The Course which was held at the Danang University of Physical Education and Sport was graced by the President and senior officials of the Vietnam BA