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Interview: Vietnam clings to China's sports strategy: "flexibility-smallness-shortness-water,"

"Only by following China's sports strategy of "flexibility-smallness-shortness-water," can Vietnam pass qualifying rounds of such big arenas as Olympic and Asiad (Asian Games)," Hoang Vinh Giang, General Secretary of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview recently.

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; features 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, are much suitable to Vietnam's sports development strategy.

"Many Chinese trainers are very enthusiastic. A long time ago, despite being very sick, a Chinese basketball coach tried to go out of hospital to give his lecture to his Vietnamese students," Giang said.

China emerges as Paralympic powerhouse (for disabled athletes)

From the source, compared to Athens 2004, China is more efficient in sports management/planning.

Unlike Athens, mired in delays until the last minute, Beijing officials have started early (for Beijing 2008).

Construction already has begun on some venues and the International Olympic Committee, in charge of coordinating the effort, even advised Chinese officials to slow down.
S ummer Olympics 2004 (Athens, Greece)
Gold Medals:
1) USA, 35
2) China, 32
3) Russia, 27
Summer Paralympic 2004 (Athens, Greece)
Gold Medals:
1) China, 63
2) Britain, 35
3) Canada, 28
Asiad 2006 (Dohad, Qatar)
Gold Medals:
1) China, 165
2) South Korea, 58
3) Japan, 50
F ESPIC (Far East and South Pacific Games Federation for the disabled), 2006 (KL, Malaysia)
Gold Medals:
1) China, 198
2) Thailand, 61
3) Korea, 58