Vietnam expects to send 15 athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil to compete in swimming, shooting, weightlifting and others, according to the National Administration of Sports and Physical Training.
Swimmer Anh Vien (L) and weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan are already qualified for the Olympics. Photo: Thanh Nien
“They are expected to win one or two medals,” said the agency's vice director Tran Duc Phan.
Six athletes have already been qualified for the event, including swimmer Anh Vien, shooters Quoc Cuong and Xuan Vinh and three weightlifters.
Around nine more athletes are expected to be qualified for the Olympics in the coming months, Phan said.
These athletes are Quach Thi Lan and Quach Cong Lich in track and field, Hoang Quy Phuoc in swimming, Nguyen Tien Minh and Vu Thi Trang in badminton and others in taekwondo, wrestling, judo, shooting and women’s weightlifting.
Vietnam is investing more than VND48 billion (US$2.1 million) in training its athletes for the Olympics, which will be held from August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.