Vietnam’s Paralympic sport excellence recognized by the ASEAN Para Sports Federation
December 11, 2015 05:07 AM Eastern Standard Time
HANOI, Vietnam–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Vietnamese team ranked fourth in the medal tally at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore, winning 48 gold, 58 silver and 50 bronze medals.
The ASEAN Para Games 2015, held from the 3rd to 9th December, hosted 3000 para-athletes and officials from the 10 ASEAN countries. The Vietnam team’s attendance at the Games was facilitated by support provided by PARASPORT Vietnam.
The Vietnamese team consisted of 130 para-athletes who competed in 9 out of the 15 events organized, including athletics, swimming, weight-lifting, badminton, chess, table tennis, football, boccia, and rowing. Vietnam broke 16 records at the Games.
Vu The Phiet, General Secretary of Vietnam Paralympic Association, was also appointed Vice-President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation for 2016-2019.
Mr. Vu The Phiet, General Secretary of Vietnam Paralympic Association, said:
2015 has been a great year for Vietnamese Paralympic sport, with our swimming, athletics and powerlifting teams competing at an international level and also qualifying for the Rio Games in 2016. We would like to thank PARASPORT Foundation for promoting the work of the Vietnam Paralympic Association and in assisting our athletes’ preparation for the Rio Paralympic Games.
Oleg Boyko, founder of Parasport Foundation, commented:
I am always amazed at the extraordinary speed with which Paralympians can acquire new skills, or adopt and embrace a sport from scratch only to become world class record breakers. I have been overwhelmed by the strength, resilience, and utter determination that has been displayed these past days.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Trung, Men’s 100M Breaststroke Champion, commented:
My performance has improved a great deal and I achieved my best time at this competition. PARASPORT is like a friend that follows us in every step of training with the latest training equipment and sports science. Support such as this really has a positive impact on our performance and wellbeing.”