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Vietnam Hopes to Send 15 Athletes to Rio Olympics in 2016

As the 2016 Summer Olympics approach, Vietnam has high hopes for its athletes.

According to Tran Duc Phan, vice director of the National Administration of Sports and Physical Training, Vietnam aims to send 15 of its athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, reports Thanh Nien.

Six athletes have already qualified for the global competition, including star swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, three weightlifters and a pair of shooters. All told, Phan expects the country to win “one or two medals”.

That said, Vietnam also has its work cut out for it in the coming months, as Phan aims to see nine more athletes qualify for the competition. These include swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc, track and field athletes Quach Thi Lan and Quach Cong Lich, and badminton players Vu Thi Trang and Nguyen Tien Minh, as well as several others competing in tae kwon do, weightlifting, judo, wrestling and shooting.

So far, Vietnam has invested over VND48 billion (US$1.2 million) in its athletes for the 2016 Olympics. Here's hoping the time, money and hard work pay off for Vietnamese competitors.

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