Thursday, June 13, 2024

Vietnam breathes new life into hockey

Vietnam is bolstering hockey by “injecting new life into the sport” in Ho Chi Minh City.

A first ever hockey academy has been launched in the city, some 17 years after the sport was born in Vietnam.

“We have set up five hockey venues managed by the hockey academy, providing a professional and reliable training environment for young players to unleash their maximum potential and become skilled and accomplished hockey players,” James Chew, CEO of the VietNam Hockey Federation told reporters.

Vietnam Hockey has signed a cooperation agreement with the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Federation of Malaysia aiming to foster development in both countries, as well as across Southeast Asia.

Vietnam women competed in May’s Asia Cup Indoor Hockey tournament in Bangkok from, marking their debut on the international hockey stage.

The aim was to gain experience ahead of the 33rd SEA Games in Bangkok in December 2025.

Chew added: “All the events are meticulously planned to ensure comprehensive coverage of hockey development.

“First, we train players to achieve high performance standards for competitive play. Second, we focus on qualifying coaches, umpires and technical personnel. In doing so, we aim to foster the growth of hockey in Việt Nam within a well-rounded ecosystem.”

Total Hockey

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