Nguyen Thi Tam - the first Vietnamese female boxer won a gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championships in 2017 (Photo: VNA)
earned two more tickets to the Tokyo Olympics, raising the country’s total
berths in the world’s largest sports event to 18.
World No 1 Park Mi
Choi of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will not box at the
summer Games after her country decided to withdraw. Her absence gives chance to
boxer Nguyen Thi Tam who will take part in the women's 51kg category.
Tam on July 4 received
confirmation on the berth. It will be the first time ever a Vietnamese female
boxer will take part at the Olympics.
Tam is currently the
nation's top female boxer and SEA Games defending champion in her
The former Asian
champion and Asian Games bronze holder should have received confirmation
earlier if her result at the world championships in 2019 in Russia was not
Tam was announced the
winner on points in a quarter-final match against Aetbaeva Liliya of the host.
Having a berth in the semi-final meant Tam would win a bronze medal, a
historic mark for Vietnam and herself and also secured a berth at Tokyo.
But minutes later the
organisers switched their decision and gave the victory to Liliya.
Meanwhile, the International Judo
Federation also announced on July 3 that Vietnam’s judoka Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy will compete
in the women's 52kg category.
ranked No 11 in Asia which is not enough to qualify for Tokyo but moved up
one spot after the DPRK withdrew from the tournament, so their eighth-ranked
representative Jon Yu Son will not compete.
The 18 Vietnamese
athletes to compete in Tokyo comprise three weightlifters, two boxers, two
gymnasts, two swimmers, two badminton players, two archers, one marksman, one
runner, one taekwondo, one judo and one rowing duo.
The Vietnam delegation
of nearly 40 members will leave for the tournament on July 17./.