"This is an opportunity for our athletes to sharpen their technique, heading to competitions at a higher level," said Phan Anh Tuan, General Secretary of the Vietnam
Table Tennis Federation.
Coach Dinh Quang Linh said: "The tournament lures all the best competitors of the region. Many participating countries will send their SEA Games athletes to the Thai event, promising a high-quality championship."
"It is great for my athletes as they have chances to compete in the regional tournament just several weeks after the SEA Games. Their ability will be improved."
will send a team of five male and five female athletes to the tournament. Among them is Nguyen Duc Tuan, the Hai Duong player winning the SEA Games men's singles title
and Vu Hoai Thanh, who claimed a women's team bronze medal last month.
At the SEA Games, Vietnamese athletes also pocketed three other bronzes in the men's singles, women's doubles and men's teams.
The team flying to Thailand will have some changes compared to the recent SEA Games. The coaching board said athletes who did not have their best performance would be replaced by new players.
has no representative in the world ranking after a two-year absence from all international competitions because of COVID-19. The recent SEA Games was the only one after that long period.
No world ranking means they will be not seeded at the Bangkok tournament. However, the Vietnamese coaching board still has high hopes.
"Competing at the upcoming tournament, our athletes will improve their skills and collect points for their world ranking. My players are not worse than anyone in Southeast Asia if they are sent to international events regularly," said Anh Tuan, Head of the Table Tennis Department of the Vietnam
"At the coming championship, my players will aim to be in the top three in all categories they take part in. It is an order and pressure to push them to strive hard for the best result."