Disabled Thai athlete delivers baby after winning discus gold


BANGKOK: A disabled Thai athlete gave birth to a baby girl two days after winning a gold medal in the discus event at the Asean ParaGames in Manila, officials said yesterday. 

Wanna Ladee, 22, said that she didn't tell anyone about her pregnancy because she was in desperate need of money for her newborn. 

Wanna, whose right leg is crippled, complained to sports officials last Monday of stomach pains and was rushed to a hospital in Manila where she delivered a healthy child, said Jaturaporn na Nakorn, deputy director of the Sports Authority of Thailand. 

“I was stunned and speechless when I was informed by the Thai sports staff that our athlete gave birth to a child only two days after she won the gold medal,” said Jaturaporn. 

Wanna will receive a 50,000 baht (RM4,890) reward for winning a gold medal in the discus as well as a bronze in the shot putt, Jaturaporn said. 

Thailand's Wanna Ladee competes during the women's discus throw class F44 event at the third Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Paragames in Manila December 19. Ladee won the gold medal.

Wanna told a Thai radio station at the hospital: “I did not tell anyone about my pregnancy because I needed the reward money for my coming child.” 

The Sports Authority of Thailand are to investigate how officials allowed the eight-month pregnant woman to take part in the one-week Games, which ended on Tuesday. They also blamed the Philippines for not conducting dope tests from her urine, which would have detected her condition. – AP

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