Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in next month’s Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China, deputy head of the National Sports Administration Le Quy Phuong said. Athletes will be given random doping tests before the Asian Games begin on November 12-27. Samples will be taken at the national training centres in Ha Noi, HCM City and Da Nang and sent for testing at a laboratory in Beijing as Viet Nam has not yet built a doping test centre. Phuong, who will lead the team at the Asian Games, said athletes had taken medical advice during training to ensure that they had avoided banned substances. “We have proposed a VND76 billion (US$3.8 million) doping test centre project, but it has yet to be completed. However, we must control drug use among athletes who will face testing at the games. At the Beijing Olympics two years ago, gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong tested positive for banned substances,” Phuong said. “Coaches and doctors monitored the use of drugs and medicines the athletes took during their training, to ensure they didn’t use banned substances.” Thuong was banned from competition for a year after she tested positive for diuretic furosemide at the Beijing Olympics. As the Asian Games is the crucial sporting event this year, the sports administration has increased daily food supplements for athletes from VND120,000 to VND200,000 over a three-month period. Earlier, the administration also gave special nutritional supplements to the 60 athletes most likely to win medals at the games….