Park to play in VN charity match

Park, who played a key role in South Korea's World Cup 2010 campaign, also introduced his JS Foundation that focuses on charitable activities in Southeast Asia on Wednesday. Park said goodbye to the national team in January after winning his 100th cap in a match against Japan during the Asian Cup.

Young tennis player enters U-18 ITF semi-finals

In the men doubles, Thien and Schipanski defeated the host’s doubles Chester Espie and Chris Simich 7-5, 7-5. They will play Australia’s Mousley Bradley and Ti Lu in the final.

Culture Vulture

No words can describe my feelings when it was announced. I was extremely happy because if any composer wins an award it brings them happiness, and then I received a award the following year.

Women prepare for Olympic qualifiers

The Asian qualifiers that start in March have three phrases until September to determine the two teams that will represent Asia. Viet Nam is in group A of the draw, which comprises Thailand, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Myanmar.

Master defends crown

Liem won his first round match over Andrey Zhigalko of Bulgaria on Tuesday and will meet Chinese Xiu Deshun who beat Romain Edouard of France next round. Liem's strongest rivals include six international super grandmasters and eight international grandmasters, including Gata Kamsky of the US, Sergei Movsesian of Armnia, Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia and Maxime Vachier Lagrave of France.

Local films shine during Tet

One of the blockbusters, Bong Ma Hoc Duong (Ghost at School), drew thousands of young moviegoers to Galaxy, Megastar and BHD Maximart cinemas. Audiences queued up in front of the cinemas' ticket kiosks for the chance to watch the country's first 3-D film featuring an amusing story of an author haunted by three ghosts.

Female ref to attend London Olympics

The federation has also submitted Vo Quang Vinh of Khanh Hoa and Hoang Anh Tuan from Ha Noi to FIFA for approval this year. FIFA regulations state that member countries should nominate 20 men as qualified referees or linesmen each year, but Viet Nam presently lacks qualified personnel.

Vietnamese Embassy in Laos organizes friendship golf tournament

The tournament was attended by leaders of Vietnam’s representative offices in Laos, and Lao senior leaders, including Vice President Bounnhang Volachit and Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavat.

Minh reaches No 7 in BWF standings

The Vietnamese earned 55,675 points after competing in numerous tournaments. Minh reached No 6, his highest ranking to date, last December. The top place still belongs to Malaysian Lee Chong Wei who defeated Minh in their previous two meetings this month.

VN publishes book on land border with China

The book was jointly compiled by the Ministry of Information and Communication’s Foreign News Service Department, the Foreign Ministry’s National Border Committee, and the Vietnam Association of History Science, said Deputy Information and Communication Minister Do Quy Doan.

Huyen Trang crowned Vietnam’s Next Top Model

Born in 1990, Huyen Trang is now 1.78m, and measured 81-63.5-93.5.

Books sales rev up ahead of holidays

Nha Nam Company released Nhung Nga Tu va Nhung Cot Den (Crossroads and Lampposts) by Tran Dan last week. The detective story published 44 years after Dan wrote it and 20 years after his death has received a warm reception from readers. "I read the 344-page book in night. I liked the story and the detailed writing style," literary critic, Lai Nguyen An said.

Idol finalists to serenade Ha Noi

Entitled Cam On Tinh Yeu (Thanks to Love), the show will also gather audience favourite – the talented Mai Huong and other runner up Leu Phuong Anh, as well as finalists Dang Khoa, Lan Nha, Phuong Anh.

Badminton: Minh wins first Malaysia Open match

The nation's top badminton player defeated Japanese Sho Sasaki 21-10, 25-23 in 42 minutes. It was an easy match for the Vietnamese who is ranked No 8 in the world against his unseeded rival. Minh is to meet Japanese, Kazushi Yamada in the second round on Jan. 20. Yamada earlier beat Chetan Anand of India 21-14, 21-17

Vietnam advances in FIFA rankings

Spain still leads the ranking, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, England, Uruguay and Portugal.

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