Vietnamese Olympic Committee vice president Hoang Vinh Giang died on Saturday. He was 75 years old.
Vietnamese Olympic Committee Vice President Hoang Vinh Giang died at the age of 75 in Hanoi on September 11. – Photo vietnamnet.vn.
Giang’s family announced his passing, claiming he had died at his Hanoi home in his sleep. He had a history of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Details of his funeral will be announced in the coming days.
“His death is a great loss for his family and Vietnamese sport,” said Tran Duc Phan, deputy director of the Việt Nam Sports Administration. “Please, may he rest in peace. “
Born in 1946, Giang was one of the sporting legends of Việt Nam who contributed a lot to martial arts and national sport.
Giang was the national high jump champion in the 1960s and his 1.96m result was long a national record before breaking it himself while studying in Kiev, Ukraine in the early 1970s.
Son of famous teacher Hoang Minh Giam, he was also gifted in many other sports such as basketball, football and other athletic events. He was also a master of martial art, Vinh Xuan Quyen.
After graduating in 1981, Giang returned home and brought the sport of fencing with him to develop in Vietnam. Currently Vietnam is one of the top fencing nations in Southeast Asia and some athletes have reached Olympic level.
He also “imported” other sports such as wushu, pencak silat and sepak takraw which suit the physique, body shape and agility of Vietnamese.
Giang was considered the leading expert in national sports and was the head of the organizing committee that successfully organized the 22nd Southeast Asian Games in 2003, the first in Vietnam’s history with the hosts taking the first position.
In 2012, Giang, who spoke English, Russian, Chinese and French, received an international award for his contribution to the Vietnam Olympics and the international Olympic movements.
Under his leadership, Vietnam hosted the Asian Indoor Games in 2009 and the Asian Beach Games in 2016.
Giang, general secretary of the Vietnamese Olympic Committee in 2006, was named the hero of the work in period of renewal for his contributions to national sport. He remains the only athlete to have won this honor to this day.
He also received the Labor Medal, second class, in 2004, and the title of Best Citizen of Hanoi in 2010.
Before his death, he was President of Vietnam Traditional Martial Arts, Vice President of ASEAN Sports Federation.
Just days before his death, Giang was preparing for a meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia on September 13.