send-off raises Para Games athletes’ spirits
HA NOI — Viet Nam’s
disabled athletes gathered at the National Sports Training Centre No 1 yesterday
for a ceremonial send-off as they depart for Thailand for the fourth ASEAN
The ceremony is
traditionally held to boost athletes’ morale and bolster their confidence and
The nation’s athletes
were urged by deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Danh Thai to
be friendly and actively integrate with international competitors.
"These Games are the
area’s biggest sporting event for the disabled. They show a desire to overcome
the difficulties of disabled athletes and a desire to overcome their own
Vu The Phiet, head of the
sports delegation for the disabled affirmed that team Viet Nam had prepared
carefully for this event and would likely be in the top three with a gold medal
tally of around 80.
Athlete Dang Anh Tuyet, a
candidate for a gold medal in the women’s wrestling, said the athletes would
try their best to achieve great things for the nation and would befriend foreign
athletes as well.
Also at the send-off
ceremony, many individuals and organisations showed athlete support by donating
to the fund Igniting Faith in Victory.
To prepare for these
Games, Vietnamese athletes trained at National Sports Training Centre No 1 with
strict nutrition regulations.
The Viet Nam delegation is
comprised of 169 members, 117 of whom are athletes. From January 20-25, the
athletes will compete in eight out of 14 events: weightlifting, chess,
badminton, table tennis, athletics, swimming, tennis and judo.
The Viet Nam delegation
will fly to Thailand on January 17.
In the third ASEAN Para
Games held in the Philippines, only 69 Vietnamese athletes participated in six
events, but they left with 83 golds, 43 silvers and 28 bronze medals. — VNS