Top Vietnamese athletes, teams of 2017 honored

Outstanding individual athletes and teams were honored at the 2017 Victory Cup awards ceremony in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Nguyen Hong Minh, former Director of the High-Performance Sports Department, said: The Victory Cup is in recognition of those who contribute most to national sports. The award is of great value in boosting athletic efforts.

With a gold medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup, one Asian tournament gold medal, and three more at the SEA Games, gymnast Le Thanh Tung won the trophy for Male Athlete of the year.

Long jumper Bui Thi Thu Thao was honoured as Female Athlete of the Year, thanks to her achievements of one gold at the Asian championship, two more at the Asian Grand Prix, and one title at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Swimmer Nguyen Huu Kim Son became the Young Athlete of the Year. Football trainer Mai Duc Chung was voted Coach of the Year. The women’s team Chung coached was the Team of the Year. Chess master Pham Tran Gia Phuc was the popular favourite for sport person of the year. World champion Le Van Cong won the Athlete with Disabilities class.

The event, jointly organised by the Vietnam Cable Television Corporation, the Sport 24h Company, and the Vietnam Administration of Sports, was first held in 2015.

Source: VOV5