in China's southern region

by xuezhiqian123, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 01:36 (23 days ago)

By Lam Thanh, Tao Jun


HO CHI MINH CITY, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese trainers have helped many Vietnamese elite athletes to shine at international arena, Ly Gia Thanh, former chief of staff of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, has told Xinhua after Vietnam won its first-ever Olympic gold medal on Sunday.


"Our marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh has created the most outstanding achievement of Vietnam's sports. We have gained our first-ever Olympic gold medal after decades of waiting," Thanh said.


Vinh, 42, claimed the men's 10m air pistol event at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil early Sunday morning.


Before the 2016 Rio Olympics, Vietnam bagged home only two medals, both of them were silver ones. Vietnam grabbed its first-ever Olympic medal in 2000 in Australia with the merit of woman taekwondo athlete Tran Hieu Ngan in the 57-kg weight category.


In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vietnamese weight-lifter Hoang Anh Tuan secured a silver gold in the 56-kg weight category.


Back to the gold medal grabbed by Vinh, Thanh said that the marksman's persistence in training and calmness when shooting were two key contributing factors. Other factors included proper training methods of his trainers.


Regarding Vietnam's sports training in general, Thanh said: "Chinese trainers play an important role in Vietnam's sports." Vietnam is now intensifying investment in Olympic sports events, as well as training their athletes in foreign countries, including China.


"Vietnam-China sports relationship is beneficial to Vietnam. For years, Vietnam has sent many athletes in various sports events to China for intensive training," Thanh said, noting that many Vietnamese athletes have been trained in China since they were young boys or girls.


"Such athletes also learn Chinese and master the language. Many of them consider China as their second hometowns," the former sports official stated.


The close sports cooperation between the two countries has helped Vietnamese athletes gain better performances and more achievements, Hoang Vinh Giang has told Xinhua in an interview in the past as General Secretary of the Vietnam Olympic Committee. Now, Giang is the committee's Vice President.


The official said Chinese people in China's southern region are of medium stature like Vietnamese people, so their focus on sports which require flexibility like shooting, archery, fencing and gymnastics; feature small objects such as table tennis and badminton or small categories of wrestling, weightlifting, boxing and judo; include short ranges like athletics; and involve water such as springboard jumping, diving and swimming, which are much suitable to Vietnam's sports development strategy.


"With modest height and weight but the effective stance "flexibility-smallness-shortness-water", Vietnamese people pinpoint space among sports powerhouses to gain good results," Giang said.


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