The Vietnam Athletics Federation (VAF) has confirmed that athlete Yen has received a ‘wild card’ entry, also known as a universality place, for the upcoming Olympics. This exciting news was announced by the VAF on Thursday, much to the delight of Yen and her coach, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, as they prepare for the women’s 100-meter event.

Yen is currently undergoing intensive training to ensure she is in optimal shape for the prestigious sporting event. As part of her preparation, she will be heading to France later this month to participate in a competition, aiming to fine-tune her performance before the Olympics.

In related news, the World Aquatics organization has also extended a wild card invitation to swimmer Tien, who will be competing in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. This category has been her forte in international championships since 2023, and she is determined to showcase her talent on the Olympic stage.

Tien is currently training domestically and maintaining a consistent performance. As a crucial step in her preparation, she will be participating in the 2024 National Youth Swimming Championship in Da Nang City, Vietnam, which concludes on July 10. This competition will be the final touch to her professional readiness before she joins her fellow Vietnamese swimmer, Nguyen Huy Hoang, in France for the Olympics.

Vietnamese swimmer Vo Thi My Tien

Vietnamese swimmer Vo Thi My Tien showcases her talent in the pool. Photo: Supplied

With these wild card entries, the number of qualified Vietnamese athletes for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has risen to an impressive 16. Among them are cyclist Nguyen Thi That, markswomen Trinh Thu Vinh and Le Thi Mong Tuyen, boxers Vo Thi Kim Anh and Ha Thi Linh, and weightlifter Trinh Van Vinh, each determined to represent their country with pride.

As the Olympics draw nearer, the Vietnamese boxing and shooting teams are also gearing up for their journey to France. The boxing team, comprising coach Nguyen Nhu Cuong, Thai expert Tawan Mungphingklang, and boxers Vo Thi Kim Anh and Ha Thi Linh, has already departed for France to commence their training camp. Meanwhile, the shooting team is set to embark on their own European journey, with stops in Hungary and France for intensive training sessions before the Games.

The Olympics is a pinnacle event for any athlete, and these wild card entries present a remarkable opportunity for Yen and Tien to represent their country on the world’s biggest sporting stage. Vietnam proudly stands behind these talented individuals as they embark on their Olympic journey, wishing them success and fulfillment of their dreams.

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