Ta­ble Ten­nis Enthusiast with Dis­abil­ity

Korea (English) - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle & Photo: Pae My­ong Chol

Choe Yun Gon liv­ing in Pongchun­dong, Won­san, Kang­won Prov­ince, is known through­out the prov­ince as a ta­ble ten­nis enthusiast.

He was very keen on sports since his child­hood. But he was un­lucky with his left leg, as he got a se­ri­ous in­jury while play­ing foot­ball match when he was 19 years old.

How­ever, this could not dampen his at­tach­ment to and zeal for sports.

Yun Gon de­cided to prac­tise ta­ble ten­nis and fre­quented a ta­ble ten­nis room at his leisure time and on hol­i­days.

It was not once or twice that he felt ex­hausted from prac­tis­ing ba­sic move­ments of ta­ble ten­nis, but he al­ways braced him­self up again and im­proved tech­niques.

Decades have passed since then, and now he demon­strates his skills at the games. Watch­ing him com­pete fairly with ace play­ers, spec­ta­tors of­ten fail to re­al­ize that he is hand­i­capped.

He won the first place in a sin­gle event of ta­ble ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion for dis­abled per­sons and en­thu­si­asts held two years ago in the prov­ince and the sec­ond place in a dou­ble event of the na­tional ta­ble ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion for dis­abled per­sons and en­thu­si­asts last year.

Feel­ing de­light in life and op­ti­mism in the grow­ing en­thu­si­asm for sports through­out the coun­try, he is now con­stantly im­prov­ing his skills to be the win­ner of the com­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Choe Yun Gon, worker at the wel­fare ser­vices sta­tion in Won­san

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