Send-off held for Vietnamese athletes going to Asian Para Games

Friday, 2018-09-28 20:05:22
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Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai hands over the national flag to head of Vietnam's INPAG 2018 delegation, Vu The Phiet. (Photo: sggp.org.vn)
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NDO – The Vietnam Paralympic Association (VPA) held a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on September 28 to send off the Vietnam disability sporting delegation to the third Asian Para Games in Indonesia (INAPG 2018).

The Vietnamese contingent, led by VPA Vice President and General Secretary, Vu The Phiet, is made up of 75 members, including 52 athletes and 11 trainers and medical workers.

The Vietnamese athletes will battle it out for medals in seven of the total 18 sports, namely swimming, track and field, powerlifting, chess, badminton, table tennis and judo.

Addressing the event, head of Vietnam’s INAPG 2018 team, Vu The Phiet, emphasised the Vietnamese athletes’ utmost efforts to bring glory to the homeland, thereby demonstrating the extraordinary will of the Vietnamese people and affirming the disabled’s desire to live, integrate and devote.

Delegates pose with Vietnamese athletes with disabilities at the event. (Photo: sggp.org.vn)

INAPG 2018 is also a step in the preparation of the Vietnamese athletes with disabilities towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, he said.

As part of the preparations for INAPG 2018, Vietnam’s trainers and athletes have gathered for training in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh since August 1. Earlier, Vietnam’s disabled athletes were enabled to participate in the international athletics, swimming and powerlifting tournaments in Thailand, Italy and Spain in order to gain experience.

INAPG 2018 is scheduled to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, from October 6 to 14, gathering competitors from 45 countries and territories across Asia.

At the ninth ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia last year, the Vietnamese delegation won a total of 161 medals, including 40 golds, 61 silvers and 60 bronzes, while breaking nine Games records.