Olympics: Vietnam Shooters Lacked Training Bullets, PM Says

Olympics: Vietnam shooters lacked training bullets, PM says

HANOI, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Augst,2016) : Vietnam's prime minister has admitted Olympic hopefuls faced inadequate training equipment before the games, including a lack of bullets in shooting -- a discipline that won the nation's first ever gold.

Hoang Xuan Vinh, a 41-year-old serving army colonel who first learned to shoot with AK47 rifles, made history in Rio when a near-perfect final shot in the men's 10-metre air pistol clinched him gold. He also won silver in the 50-metre air pistol, delighting fans and turning him into an overnight star. After his victory Vietnam's heavily censored state media reported that he had to borrow bullets from the military, a rare but vivid illustration of how underfunded sports are in the communist nation. Authorities initially remained silent on the issue.