The chairman of the Vietnam Football (Soccer) Federation (VFF) resigned on Thursday and named one of his deputies, a banking tycoon, to temporarily chair the organization, pending the election of a successor.
Nguyen Trong Hy, 66, announced his resignation, citing health reasons, at a VFF meeting in Hanoi and secured the approval from its executive committee.
Hy’s health has been deteriorating so he needs to rest, the former chairman said.
His nominee, vice chairman Le Hung Dung, was accepted as the acting chairman from now until VFF elects a new head, according to meeting results.
Hy was elected as VFF chairman in 2005 and re-elected four years later for a second term, VFF says on its website.
Hy graduated from a sports university in 1976 and taught there upon graduation. In 1990 he began work at the National Sports Committee, where he was appointed deputy chief in 2002.
Five years later Hy was named Vice Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism while still presiding over the federation.
He was once the deputy editor-in-chief of a sports newspaper.
Dung, the acting chairman, will take over from Hy until VFF chooses a new leader, expected to be named after the body’s annual meeting early next year.
He will be assisted by three other vice chairmen.
The 59-year-old man is curently the board chairman of Eximbank, the major lender that helped bring English Premier League giants Arsenal to Vietnam for a friendly game against the local national football team in July.
“To be the acting chairman of VFF means I have less free time and must work harder,” Dung said after assuming his new role. “But I will try my best to perform well, and will ask Hy to continue providing advice to VFF.”
Dung is believed to be the top candidate for the chairmanship of VFF.