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Marc Chiang, 36, plays in the Singapore national goalball men’s team and participated in last year’s ASEAN Para Games (APG). The national team captain, who can only see with about five percent of his vision, now trains regularly with the national team as they prepare for the next APG in Malaysia in 2017.
They have weekly practice at Delta Sports Complex on Tuesdays and weight training on Fridays at Raffles Quay’s Fitness First.
Goalball is played with three players in each team defending a goal that is nine-metre wide and 1.3 metres in height. The ball used in the game is the size of a basketball but weighs about twice as much and contains bells inside. All the players also wear black masks to ensure that none of the players can see. The bells help the players to detect where the ball is.
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