Lin Congchang: Football 7-a-Side makes me sound in body and mind
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"I didn't talk to people before because I think people take me as different." The eccentric boy of Meizhou city of Guangdong province Lin Congchang was one of the Football 7-a-Side players at the Guangzhou Asian Para Games. He was paralyzed due to a cerebral palsy at four years old and couldn't walk until seven. But now the major scorekeeper contributed points to lead China to beat Korea 4-2 in men's preliminary today (December 13) at the Guangzhou Asian Para Games. Moreover, he is more optimistic and sociable and always smiles.

Lin Congchang (Front) competes during the Football 7-a-Side men's preliminary at the Guangzhou Asian Para Games on December 13, 2010. (Photo by Zhang Ying)

"My parents give me much support and always encourage me," said Lin Congchang, "I started Football 7-a-Side training since 2006 by practicing running and swimming." adding the practice is to help him get recover. Now his body is more flexible after the training and he is leveled as minor disability.

Lin Congchang (Left) competes during the Football 7-a-Side men's preliminary at the Guangzhou Asian Para Games on December 13, 2010. (Photo by Zhang Ying)

Talking about his goals in the Guangzhou Para Games, he is very modest, saying what really matters is not just the results, he comes here to learn and to surpass himself.


About Football 7-a-Side

This sport has been officially part of the Paralympic Programme since the New York/Stoke Mandeville Games in 1984. The sport is governed by the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) and follows the rules of the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA), with some modifications.

There are seven players on the field rather than 11, the measurements of the playing field are smaller, there is no offside rule and throw-ins may be made with only one hand. This sport is intended for athletes with cerebral palsy and a ratio of players from varying levels of disability must be maintained. The match consists of two halves of 30 minutes each. In 2008, five regions compete in international competition and the number of countries continues to grow.

Editor: Miranda
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