VIETNAM KICKS OFF 2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER LIFTING LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

VIETNAM KICKS OFF 2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER LIFTING LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 16, 2020 – As nationwide lockdown restrictions have been eased in late April to allow social contact and reopening of sport-related activities, Vietnam on June 13 got the 2020 National Volleyball Championships off to a remarkable start.

As of June 16, 2020, Vietnam had only 334 Covid19 cases including 323 totally recovered and only 11 active cases. Of the 334 cases confirmed so far, 194 are imported and were quarantined on arrival, posting no risks to the community.

More importantly, there was no single coronavirus death in Vietnam. Some 6,475 people who had close contact with Covid19 patients or came from pandemic-hit areas are currently under quarantine across the country.

The Championships were due to be held initially in March, but due to the Covid19 outbreak, the tournament had to be postponed. After a long delay, the tournament kicked off its first-round campaign in Pool A in Bac Ninh and Pool B in Ha Tinh, with 10 teams including 5 women’s sides pitting their expertise in each pool between June 13 and 17.

The Opening Ceremony took place in Bac Ninh on June 13 with TV live broadcasts and in Ha Tinh via online transmission.

With social distancing measures and restrictions on movement being lifted in Vietnam, a large number of home spectators thronged into the competition hall to support their beloved teams and players despite the summer heat. Players also looked extremely excited to play before their fans after a long break (without any competition) of almost 6 months from the previous season.

After the Ceremony, hosts Kinh Bac, under the close supervision of former national team’s head coach Mr Pham Van Long, pulled off an impressive 3-1 win against neighbours Hai Duong in the curtain-raisers of the women’s team event.

The 2,500-seater competition hall in Ha Tinh was overly packed with spectators. Hosts Ha Tinh started their campaign brilliantly following a thrilling 3-0 (30-28 25-20 25-20) win against Long An.

Four matches have been held daily in each competition hall and all teams are due to complete their first round encounters on June 17. The second round and final round will be held in December in Nha Trang and Dak Lak.

In the previous season in January 2020, LienVietPostBank reigned supreme after a comeback 3-1 win against Vietinbank in the final women’s showdown, while HCM captured the men’s title following a fantastic 3-0 win against Sanest Khanh Hoa in the showdown.

LienVietPostBank’s Hoang Thi Kieu Trinh and Au Hong Nhung landed the respective Best Spiker and the Best Defender Awards, while in the men’s event, HCM’s Nguyen Van Hanh and Nguyen Van Sang took home the Best Spiker and the Best Defender Awards respectively.

Participating teams in 2020 season
Men
Ha Noi, TPHCM, Trang An Ninh Binh, The Cong, XSKT Vinh Long, Ha Tinh, S.Khanh Hoa, VLXD Binh Duong, Long An, Bien Phong

Women
Thong tin LVPB, Kinh Bac Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Dak Lak, TH Vinh Long, Ngan hang Cong Thuong, VTV Binh Dien Long An, HCDG HN, Than Quang Ninh, Tn. Thanh Hoa

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