Representatives of agencies and businesses present gifts to powerlifter Le Van Cong (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnamese delegation joining the Paralympic Rio 2016 arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on September 21 in the warm welcome of leaders of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and fans.

Powerlifter Le Van Cong, who won the first Paralympic gold medal for Vietnam , thanked the fans for their support.

Meanwhile, Pham Van Tuan, deputy head of the Department of Sports and Physical Training, and head of the delegation, said that only over 60 out of 162 countries joining the Paralympic Rio 2016 went home with medals.

The success of the delegation this year is a strong encouragement for seven million Vietnamese people with disabilities to overcome difficulties and contribute to the development of the society, he said.

Tuan pointed to the need to make adequate investment to athletes with disabilities for higher achievements at Paralympic 2020.

The Vietnamese delegation to the Paralympic 2016 in Rio, Brazil, comprises 11 athletes who vied in three events of track and field, swimming and weight lifting.

Along with a gold medal of powerlifter Le Van Cong, javelin athlete Cao Ngoc Hung and female powerlifter Dang Thi Linh Phuong won bronze medals, while swimmer Vo Thanh Tung clinched a silver medal.-VNA