All of the 43 members have been admitted to the Olympic Village after testing negative for the coronavirus as per local regulations.

The delegation comprises 18 athletes in gymnastics, athletics, swimming, shooting, taekwondo, archery, badminton, rowing, boxing, judo, and weightlifting, and two doctors, four officials, one reporter, and 18 coaches, experts, and team leaders.

They boarded flight JL752 that took off at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi at 11:20 pm on Sunday (Vietnam time) and landed at Narita International Airport in Tokyo at 6:00 am on Monday (Japan time).

Upon their arrival at Narita, they underwent rapid COVID-19 tests before being transported over 60km to the Olympic Village.

The Vietnamese sporting delegation queue for customs clearance procedure at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, July 19, 2021. Photo: Thu Sam / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese sporting delegation members queue for customs clearance at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, July 19, 2021. Photo: Thu Sam / Tuoi Tre

The delegation has been placed under quarantine for three days, after which the Vietnamese athletes can begin practicing for their competitions at the Games unless a member tests positive for the virus then.

The team has set a target to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, after being postponed for a year due to the global pandemic.

The Vietnamese government and sponsors have pledged to reward Vietnamese athletes with VND1.85 billion (US$80,450) for winning a gold medal, VND1.02 billion ($44,350) for claiming a silver medal, and VND640 million ($27,830) for scoring a bronze medal at the global sporting event.

Vietnam left the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with one gold and one silver medals in the men’s air pistol categories.

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