The vote to select outstanding athletes and coaches of the year was held simultaneously in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on December 28. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The vote to select outstanding athletes and coaches of the year was held simultaneously in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on December 28.

The event, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the HCM Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Vietnam Olympic Committee, is an annual activity to honour outstanding athletes and coaches of the year for their contributions to the country’s sports.

Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Sports Administration Le Thi Hoang Yen said the vote, the 38th of its kind, was organised in a successful year of Vietnam’s sports. At the 29th SEA Games, Vietnam earned 59 gold, 47 silver and 55 bronze medals, staying at the third place in the overall rankings.

More than 90 percent of the gold medals seized by Vietnam this season belong to the Olympic sports category. Of the figure, Vietnamese athletics athletes and swimmers brought home 17 and 10 gold medals, respectively.

The list of candidates this year include 35 athletes and 14 coaches, including swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan, wushu artist Duong Thuy Vi and runner Nguyen Thi Huyen.-VNA