Three Vietnamese women named as elite FIFA referees

Tuesday, 19/01/2021 17:53
The International Football Federation (FIFA) has recognised three local female referees, in addition to three assistant referees, as coming up the standards of its Elite level, reported VOV.

Vietnam remain in top 100 in FIFA World Rankings

Referee Bui Thi Thu Trang (third from left) and assistant Ha Thi Phuong (left) officiate at ASIAD 18 (Photo: Myanmar Football)

This represents the highest level of officiating, with elite FIFA referees being chosen to officiate important events, such as World Cup qualifiers, the AFC Champions League, and the Asian Cup.

The three female referees acknowledged by FIFA include Cong Thi Dung, Bui Thi Thu Trang, and Le Thi Ly, in addition to three assistant referees, such as Truong Thi Le Trinh, Nguyen Thi Hang Nga, and Ha Thi Phuong, all of whom have been recognised by FIFA as making the Elite level.

Among the officials, referees Cong Thi Dung and Bui Thi Thu Trang, in addition to assistants Truong Thi Le Trinh and Ha Thi Phuong, have plenty of experience after being in charge of matches at the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in Jordan in 2016, in addition to the 18th Asian Games (ASIAD 18) held in Indonesia.

According to Duong Van Hien, head of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) arbitration committee, the 2023 World Cup will provide a good chance for Vietnamese referees and assistants to prove themselves at a prestigious global tournament.

Poland increases imports of Vietnamese coffee

Poland imported a total of 11,100 tonnes of coffee with a value of USD18.42 million from Vietnam during 9-month period last year, representing an increase of 30.6% in volume and 27.1% in value against the same period in 2019, according to figures compiled by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

The MoIT’s Import and Export Department cited statistics released by the International Trade Center (ITC) which indicate that Poland's coffee imports throughout the 2015 to 2019 period grew by an average of 6.5% annually, from 141,144 tonnes in 2015 to a total of 181,086 tonnes in 2019.

During the nine-month period, the Eastern European country’s coffee imports reached 136,300 tonnes with a value of USD448.71 million, showing an increase of 2.7% in volume and 6.7% in value from the same period in 2019.

Most notably, the average import price of coffee within the Polish market witnessed a surge of 3.9% to USD3,291 per tonne compared to last year’s corresponding period.

Throughout the reviewed period, Poland increased its coffee imports from the majority of its regular markets, although imports from both Germany and Uganda declined.

The figures indicate that the Eastern European nation increased coffee imports from Vietnam by 30.6% in volume and 27.1% in value, with the Vietnamese coffee’s market share in the European nation's total imports accounting for 8.13%.

According to statistics released by the Import and Export Department, the domestic coffee price at the start of the year saw a decrease, with coffee prices falling from VND700 to VND800 per kilo.

Vietnam targets to send 90,000 labourers abroad in 2021

Vietnam hopes to send 90,000 guest workers abroad in 2021, targeting markets that secure high and stable incomes, Vietnam News Agency quoted the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ statistics as saying that.

Vietnamese workers brought home from Equatorial Guinea due to COVID-19 (Photo: VNA)

Last year, more than 78,600 workers were sent abroad, accounting for 112.3 percent of the adjusted plan due to COVID-19.

Of the total, 38,891 worked in Japan, 34,537 in China’s Taiwan, and 1,309 in the Republic of Korea, and the rest in other countries and territories.

Last year, the country aimed to send 130,000 labourers to work abroad. Due to the pandemic, the target was adjusted down to 70,000 workers.

According to Vietnam News Agency, the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a major blow to many countries and territories in the region and the world, including traditional markets receiving Vietnam’s migrant workers. Various firms had to restructure, cut down the number of migrant workers or cancel request to send more workers abroad./.

Compiled by BTA