Victory Cup gala honours best athletes, coaches in 2018
Updated : Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:22 PM (GMT+0700)

Long jumper Bui Thi ThuThao scored a double triumph at the Victory Cup gala for the best players andcoaches of 2018 in Hanoi on February 1, winning the awards for Female Athleteof the Year and Most Favourite Athlete of the Year.

The Male Athlete of the Year prize goes to talented young footballer Nguyen Quang Hai
- Photo: VNA

The Hanoian outstripped strong contenders in Female Athleteof the Year voting, including runner Quach Thi Lan and cyclist Nguyen ThiThat.

This was the second time in a row she took the award. The26-year-old won a gold medal at the Asian Games (ASIAD) in Indonesia.

"Last year when I accepted the award I promised to winthe Asian Games gold,” said Thao on stage. “And I did it”.

"It is really a great honour to have a chance to standhere and be recognised for what I have tried my best to do through the year,”she said. “To achieve such success I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to my coachNguyen Manh Hieu and my former coach Nguyen Trong Ho, who did not work with mebut always takes care of me as a manager”.

The Male Athlete of the Year prize went to talented youngfootballer Nguyen Quang Hai.

Hai played a key role in Vietnam’s silver medal at the AsianU23 Football Championship, its fourth place finish in the ASIAD and the famousAFF Cup victory.

He was the country’s best footballer of the year and the bestplayer in the AFF Cup at the age of 21.

"I am happy because I have contributed my labour to thesuccess of the national football team in 2018”, Hai said. “I hope that peoplewill continue supporting us so that we can bring home more and more victories.”

Hai and four teammates also represented the national team toaccept the award for the Team of the Year.

Defender Do Duy Manh received the Image of the Year award.After Vietnam lost to Uzbekistan in the last second of the U23 Championship,Manh placed the national flag on top of a snow pile, rising up the Vietnamesespirit.

It was the fourth edition of the event which is consideredthe ’Oscars of Vietnamese sports’. Unlike other awards which highlighted top 10athletes, the Victory Cup honoured athletes in separate categories.

This year, there were new classes for Foreign Coach of the yearand Teammates of the Year.

With his brilliant success with the national football squads,Korean Park Hang-seo was the top choice for the coaching award. 

Park did accept his award in person as he is in his hometownfor a month of rest after a busy year.

He sent his ’thank you’ to Vietnamese people for the award,saying that in fact it was for the whole team, players, coaches and staff.

Teammates of the Year went to four women on the rowing teamwho won the first gold medal for Vietnam at the ASIAD.

Young Athlete of the Year went to swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang,who pocketed one silver and one bronze at the ASIAD after winning a gold medalat the Youth Olympics in Argentina. 

"Some years ago I watch Nguyen Thi Anh Vien win thisaward”, Hoang said. “I asked myself to do the same as her, and this year I amhere. Thank you for voting for me. I will have to work harder in the coming years”.

The Athlete with Disabilities of the Year award honouredswimmer Vo Thanh Tung.

"It is the third time I am nominated and this time I won”,Tung said. “People recognised my labour under the strong support of my familyand managers. The award will be a strong push for not only me but also forevery athlete to a reach higher level in their career”.

The Coach of the Year title went to coach Nguyen ManhHieu while former footballer Le The Tho was presented a Lifetime Achievementaward.

Source: VNS/VNA

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