HCM City honours 2016 most outstanding sportspersons

Sunday, 2017-03-26 08:17:50
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Director of the HCM City Culture and Sports Department Nguyen Huu Viet presents prizes in the "best athletes of 2016" category.
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NDO – Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony on March 25 to honour its nine sports talents who gained brilliant achievements in their careers in 2016.

The “best athletes of the year” title was presented to Le Tu Chinh (athletics), Mai Hoang My Trang (table tennis), Tran Duy Khoi (swimming) and Tran Van Vu (futsal).

Le Tu Chinh brought home a gold medal in the 200m sprint at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships, two gold medals at the 2016 Asian Beach Games and another at the Southeast Asia level. In addition, she was also named among HCM City’s outstanding citizens of 2016.

Mai Hoang My Trang won a gold medal in the women’s team event at the Golden Racket International Table Tennis Tournament and the Southeast Asian championships, alongside four gold medals (one in the singles, two in the doubles and one in the team category) at the national championships, and two additional golds (one in the singles and one in the team event) at the national competition for strong teams.

Tran Duy Khoi secured gold medals in both the Southeast Asian and national competitions, while futsal player Tran Van Vu joined his teammates of the Vietnam futsal squad finishing fourth at the Asian futsal championship finals and entered the second round of the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup. In addition, Vu also won the national competition and the national cup and was voted the best player of the 2016 National Cup.

Female football trainer Doan Thi Kim Chi was named the city’s “best trainer of the year” after leading the HCM City football club to win the 2016 National Female Football Championship. Cycling trainer Do Thanh Dat was also honoured in the same category after the impressive achievements gained by athletes under his direction at an array of domestic tournaments.

Powerlifter Le Van Cong was voted as the best disabled athlete of HCM City in 2016 following his historic gold medals won at the Rio Paralympic Games and the World Cup in the men’s 49kg category. The title was shared by swimmer Vo Thanh Tung with one Paralympic silver medal and one gold medal at the European Open championship.

Cong’s trainer Nguyen Hong Phuc was named the best trainer for athletes with disabilities after leading his beloved student on to secure one gold, one bronze, one world record and one Games record at the Rio Paralympics, in addition to two gold and two silver medals at the World Cup competition.

According to Director of the HCM City Culture and Sports Department Nguyen Huu Viet, the honouring ceremony aimed to recognise the city’s sporting talents for their significant achievements throughout the year, thereby facilitating them to exert greater efforts for better results in 2017.

Best HCM City trainers of 2016: Do Thanh Dat (cycling) and Doan Thi Kim Chi (football).

Best trainer for athletes with disabilities: Nguyen Hong Phuc (powerlifting)

HCM City's best athletes with disabilities: Le Van Cong (powerlifting) and Vo Thanh Tung (swimming)