Women disabled athletes actively prepare for international events
According to coach Ngo Anh Tuan, Hanoian athletes are powerful, especially in wheelchair racing. "
Swimmer Tran Nguyen Thai - who holds the 50m women's breaststroke world record time of 52.77 - has spent the last two years training on the track. She is a hopeful for the gold medal for
Weight lifter Nguyen Huong Giang, who took the bronze medal in the women's 40kg category at the Asian tournament in
"I chose the event because the wheelchair team lack athletes and I enjoy taking on new challenges after my success in weightlifting. I think my two-year training period in weightlifting has improved my power, which could help me reach the top in the wheelchair event" Giang said.
The team coaching board has trained several youngsters to take the place of the retired athletes. Giang is replacing Athens Paralympic Games participant Nhu Thi Khoa, who left the sport to be with her family, competing in the women's 100m, 200m, 400m T54 (for double upper leg amputees) class wheelchair.
Last month, the team recruited wheelchair racer Nguyen Thi Xuan Anh, who left the team in 2001 after winning two championships in the New York Marathon in 1999 and 2001. The 34-year-old woman said she will try her best to get back on track after her long hiatus.
According to VSAD general secretary and vice chairman Vu The Phiet, the National Sports and Physical Training and VSAD will send more athletes to compete in the coming World and