HCM City hosts national sports tournament for persons with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, June 15 2017
VIETNAM: The national sports competition for people with disabilities officially kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on June 14, drawing the participation of more than 1,000 athletes, representing 32 delegations from across the country.
The tournament, the 18th of its kind, is jointly held by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the Vietnam Paralympic Association and the HCM City Department of Culture and Sports and will run until June 20.
A total of 700 sets of medals are up for grabs across nine sporting events, including track and field, swimming, table tennis, powerlifting, badminton, chess, Boccia, tennis and blind football, with track and field accounting for the most sets of medals (292), followed by swimming (204) and table tennis (38).
A competition for young athletes with disabilities has been incorporated into this year’s tournament, with participants vying for medals in three sports, namely track and field, swimming and chess.
At the opening ceremony, nine trainers and athletes were honoured with the Labour Order, third class, from the State President, and another nine trainers and athletes were presented with certificates of merit from the Prime Minister, in recognition of their outstanding achievements at the eighth ASEAN Para Games.
The tournament in progress in HCM City offers a good opportunity for Vietnam’s disabled athletes to sharpen their skills and vie for slots in the national teams, in preparation for the upcoming ninth ASEAN Para Games and the 2017 Asian tournament for young athletes with disabilities.
According to Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Culture and Sports, Nguyen Hung, the sporting movement, for people with disabilities, has been spreading widely throughout Vietnam in recent years. Many Vietnamese athletes have performed exceptionally well and have broken records at Asian and international tournaments. With such progress, there are strong hopes for the country’s positive results at the upcoming regional and Asian events.