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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The aforementioned information was released by the organising committee at a press conference held at Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper’s headquarters in Hanoi on July 6.

The eight-day tournament, part of activities to mark the 75th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2), aims to promote the table tennis movement across the country and select outstanding performers for the national teams in preparation for international tournaments in 2020 and towards the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, to be hosted in Vietnam next year.

Speaking at the press briefing, Que Dinh Nguyen, Deputy Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan Newspaper and head of the steering committee for the 2020 championship, noted that since its debut in 1983, the tournament has registered significant improvements in terms of both the profession and its organisational aspects.

Deputy Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan Newspaper Que Dinh Nguyen speaks at the press conference. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)

“The tournament contributes to evaluating the quality of table tennis training in provinces, cities and branches, offers the chance for Vietnamese players to accumulate competition experience and sharpen their skills, and allows the Vietnam Table Tennis Federation to discover and select new promising talent for the national teams,” he said.

The 2020 competition will bring together most of the country’s leading players, namely Nguyen Anh Tu, Doan Ba Tuan Anh, Dao Duy Hoang and Tran Tuan Quynh on the men’s side, and Mai Hoang My Trang, Phan Hoang Tuong Giang and Bui Dieu Linh on the women’s, together with many young promising talents who are hoped to dethrone some of the top players.

In addition, this year’s championship will see the return of two female players of the national team, Nguyen Thi Nga (Hanoi) and Nguyen Thi Viet Linh (People’s Public Security), who were absent last year.

The competitors will vie for seven sets of medals in the singles, doubles and team events for both men and women, and in the mixed doubles category. Prizes will also be presented to the best young male and female players, as well as to the locality with the most active table tennis movement.

Mai Hoang My Trang (HCM City) is the 11-time women’s singles champion in the tournament.

To encourage the participation of female players, the organising committee will continue to hold a beauty contest which will be voted on by the committee’s members, representatives from participating delegations, referees and journalists.

For the first time ever, a photo contest will be launched for professional and amateur photographers as well as supporters, aiming to capture the most impressive moments of the 38th Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Championship.

The draw for the tournament will be held on July 12, two days before competition commences.

Doan Ba Tuan Anh (L) celebrates with his trainer Quy Tai after beating Nguyen Anh Tu in the 2019 men’s singles title match.

In last year’s event, Doan Ba Tuan Anh (Hai Duong) was crowned the men’s singles champion for the first time after outclassing Nguyen Anh Tu (Hanoi) 4-1 in the title match. Meanwhile, the women’s section saw the continued dominance of veteran Mai Hoang My Trang (Ho Chi Minh City) who thrashed 15-year-old Tran Mai Ngoc (Hanoi T&T) 4-0 to take the top honour for the 11th time.

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