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Digital development facilitates social inclusion of people with disabilities

An athlete prepares to ride a cable car at China's National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Zhao Chen, a UNICEF youth advocate, was unable to return to Beijing this winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he has been paying close attention to the development of disability inclusion in China, which has been further spurred by the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.Currently pursuing higher education in the United States, Zhao completed his elementary and secondary schooling in Beijing. The young man is visually impaired, losing most of his eyesight at the age of 10 due to retinal detachment and other ailments.He said as long as people with disabilities can be proficient in using screen reading software and other assistance devices, they are able to acquire knowledge just like him in normal schools.Paralympics help promote disability inclusion, making more people understand those with disabilities, Zhao told Xinhua in a telephonic interview.I went through a tough time after losing my eyesight at the age of 10. Thanks to my parents and psychology teacher, I was able to face life with optimism, he said.In 2008, the year Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Zhao moved to the Chinese capital to attend an elementary school.The Games accelerated the building of barrier-free facilities in the city, making it easier and safer for people with disabilities to move around alone, Zhao said.He has vivid memories of his middle school life. He was quite involved in extracurricular activities which included the school choir, radio station and literature club, where he made many friends, discovered new hobbies and reclaimed his confidence.It is the development of digital technology and networking platforms in China that has enabled disabled people like me to actively access information, rather than passively learning about the world through traditional means of rad...

Awarding ceremonies at Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics on March 8th

Gold medalist Giacomo Bertagnolli (3rd L) and his guide Andrea Ravelli (3rd R) of Italy, silver medalist Johannes Aigner (1st L) and his guide Matteo Fleischmann (2nd L) of Austria, bronze medalist Neil Simpson (2nd R) and his guide Andrew Simpson of Great Britain pose for photos during the awarding ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Vision Impaired of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)Bronze medalist Neil Simpson (L) and his guide Andrew Simpson of Great Britain pose for photos during the awarding ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Vision Impaired of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)Silver medalist Jeroen Kampschreur of the Netherlands poses for photos during the awarding ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Sitting of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)Gold medalist Jesper Pedersen (C) of Norway, silver medalist Jeroen Kampschreur (L) of the Netherlands and bronze medalist Niels de Langen of the Netherlands pose for photos during the awarding ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Sitting of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)Gold medalist Jesper Pedersen (C) of Norway, silver medalist Jeroen Kampschreur (L) of the Netherlands and bronze medalist Niels de Langen of the Netherlands pose for photos during the awarding ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Sitting of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District...

China leads Beijing 2022 tally as Liu Mengtao bags his 2nd medal

Liu Mengtao of China celebrates after the Para biathlon men's middle distance sitting event of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, on March 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)Chinese Para biathlete Liu Mengtao added a middle distance sitting gold to his sprint bronze as China led the Beijing 2022 Paralympic medal table with 27 medals.CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Liu Mengtao claimed the men's middle distance sitting title here on Tuesday to become the first Chinese Para biathlete to win two medals as China keeps leading the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic medal table.The 20-year-old finished third in the men's sprint sitting here in his Paralympic debut on the first competition day before he won the gold medal.I was nervous on Saturday but I feel much better now. After I missed three shots I thought winning a medal might be impossible for me. But I kept accelerating my speed and my coach also yelled to remind me of the time, said Liu after finishing the 10km race in 30 minutes and 37.7 seconds.I'm not good at any of them, he laughed when asked whether his skiing or shooting was better.Gold medalist Liu Mengtao of China poses for photos during the awarding ceremony for the Para biathlon men's middle distance sitting event. (Xinhua/Yan Linyun)Before the awarding ceremony, Liu kept adjusting his cloth while asking the volunteers if his bib number covers the national flag on it.I compete for my country, of course the national flag should not be covered, he said.His teammate Wang Yue added a bronze medal from the women's middle distance vision impaired to China, which sits at the top of the table with 27 medals including eight golds.In other Para biathlon competitions on Tuesday, Kendall Gretsch of the United States (women's middle distance sitting), Iryna Bui of Ukraine (women's middle distance standing), Vitalii Lukianenko of Ukraine (men's middle distance vision impaired), Mark Arendz of Canada (men's middle ...

Chinese bridge learning program enhances cross-country cultural exchanges

Foreigners learning Chinese will help people from China and abroad enhance communication and deepen mutual understanding, renowned Chinese writer Wang Meng said at a recent event.

Xi replies to letter from IOC chief

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has replied to a letter from Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).In his reply letter sent on Wednesday, Xi pointed out that the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games have successfully concluded, and China has fully honored its promise on hosting the event by delivering to the world simple, safe and splendid Games, which is highly praised by the international community.Xi stressed that it is a success for the Chinese people, saying that the Chinese people are the source of strength for China to prepare and hold the Winter Olympics.With the Games hosted, Xi said, more than 300 million people in China have engaged in winter sports, injecting fresh momentum into the endeavor to build a healthy China and promote the people's well-being, and broadening the prospects for the global development of winter sports.He emphasized that it is also a success for the people around the world, saying that gathering under the Olympic flag, athletes from all over the world have respected and inspired each other, moved beyond their limits and surpassed themselves, perfectly demonstrating the new Olympic motto of Faster, Higher, Stronger -- Together.This has brought warmth and hope to people around the world, sown seeds of peace and friendship in the world, and inspired the great strength of the human race in promoting solidarity, jointly weathering difficulties of the times, and moving forward together for a shared future, he added.Xi appreciated Bach and the IOC for their long-term firm support for the Beijing Winter Olympics, noting the Chinese government is willing to keep close cooperation with the IOC, support as always the work of the IOC, adhere to the Olympic Spirit, jointly promote the vigorous development of the Olympic Movement, and make joint efforts to write a new chapter in building a community with a shared future for mankind.Recently, Bach sent a letter to Xi, congratulating on the suc...

Coasting on 2022 Games to year-round biz

Stylish skiwear attracts a visitor at the 15th Xinjiang Winter Tourism Industry Trade Fair in Fuyun county, Altay prefecture of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on Nov 27. [Photo/China News Service]Snow sports, tours, consumption upgrade, new policies to spawn a huge marketThanks to the momentum from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in February, China is set to sustain the rapid growth of consumption of ice and snow sports-related products, services and experiences, which will likely spawn a multibillion-dollar industry, market insiders said.The China Tourism Academy indicated as much in a report released a few weeks before the Games started, highlighting a potential total revenue of more than 1.1 trillion yuan ($174.07 billion) in China's ice and snow tourism sector and a consumer base of over 500 million by 2025.This has predictably got market watchers very excited as they expect consumer enthusiasm to not only last several years but become a year-round phenomenon. What's more, given the sheer size of the consumer base in China, they see tremendous future prospects for growth that could arguably dwarf established markets such as Norway, Austria and Switzerland combined.Pyeongchang, South Korea, held the Winter Olympic Games in 2018 and, according to the Korea Economic Research Institute, the Games helped create economic benefits worth $60 billion in the near term, with positive effects continuing to sustain and grow the ice and snow sports industry and related sectors like hospitality, tourism, health and wellness.Unsurprisingly, some regions in China are actively developing their ice and snow gear manufacturing sector. For instance, the local governments of Hebei, Heilongjiang and Shandong provinces have proposed plans to establish skiing gear manufacturing industrial parks and thus further integrate advanced technological resources.In late February, eight central government departments, including the Ministry of Finance, the National Development and Reform Comm...

Super combined events rescheduled to Monday at Beijing Winter Paralympics

YANQING, Beijing, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Alpine skiing super combined events, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be held one day in advance on Monday, the organizers announced.The re-arrangement of the events was due to high temperatures and high risk of snow melting, according to a media communication released on Sunday.In the new schedule, the super-G games of the super combined will compete between 9:30 to 12:00 (Beijing time) on Monday, and the slalom competitions will be played from 13:45-14:45.The organizers of the Beijing Winter Paralympics told Xinhua on Sunday that they were well-prepared for the potential weather problems, in order to present a simple, safe and splendid Winter Paralympics.

Zhang Mengqiu wins China's first Alpine skiing gold at 2022 Winter Paralympics

Zhang Mengqiu of China celebrates during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing, Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)YANQING, Beijing, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese skier Zhang Mengqiu wrote history here on Sunday by clinching China's first Alpine skiing gold at the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games.Zhang clocked a winning time of one minute and 13.54 seconds at the women's super-G standing race to win China's first-ever gold at Winter Paralympics Alpine skiing competitions.Marie Bochet of France won silver with 1.43 seconds behind. Canadian racer Alana Ramsay came in third in 1:16.84.Zhang Mengqiu of China celebrates during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing, Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Zhang Mengqiu of China reacts during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing, Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Zhang Mengqiu of China celebrates during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing, Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Zhang Mengqiu of China celebrates with her teammate during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing, Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Zhang Mengqiu of China celebrates during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing, Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Zhang Mengqiu of China competes during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G Standing of Beijing 20...

Foreign media, observers speak highly of 2022 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony

Torchbearer Li Duan sets the torch into the Paralympic Winter Games Cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Numerous foreign media outlets and China observers have applauded the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics, saying the event conveyed a message of confidence, friendship and hope, and embodied the ideal of building a community with a shared future for mankind.Having watched the opening with eagerness, Ronnie Lins, the director of the China-Brazil Center for Research and Business, said he feels thankful that China presented a wonderful ceremony of the major sporting games once more.Lins believes that the Winter Paralympics will inspire more people with disabilities around the world to embrace sports and stay positive in the face of challenges in life.Noting that the storytelling portion of the ceremony featured a mix of performers with and without disabilities, U.S. broadcaster NPR commented that the themes of reconnection and inclusivity took center stage at the opening ceremony.On its Twitter account, NBC Olympics introduced Shuey Rhon Rhon as a Chinese lantern child and the glow emanating from their heart symbolizes the friendship, warmth, courage and perseverance of Para athletes.Noting that Asia is having its best ever representation at the Paralympic Games, Gulf News reported that holding two Winter Paralympic Games in Asia in a row has really helped to drive the growth of winter sports.Photo taken on March 4, 2022 shows a scene of performance during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Wu Zhuang)According to a survey published by British data firm YouGov on Thursday, 72 percent of Germans said that the Paralympic Games can help reduce prejudice against people with physical disabilities.Two o...

Highlights of Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Matches

Sergejs Djacenko (2nd R) holds his teammate's wheelchair during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and South Korea of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)Ojars Briedis of Latvia competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and South Korea of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)Hans Burgener (L) and Francoise Jaquerod of Swtizerland cheers up during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Canada and Switzerland of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)Athletes of Great Britain communicate during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between the United States and Great Britain of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)Baek Hyejin of South Korea reacts during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and South Korea of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)Athletes of Swtizerland cheer up during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Canada and Switzerland of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)Baek Hyejin of South Korea reacts during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and South Korea of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)

Awarding ceremony for para alpine skiing Women's Downhill Standing

Gold medalist Mollie Jepsen of Canada poses for photo during the awarding ceremony for the para alpine skiing Women's Downhill Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)Sliver medalist Zhang Mengqiu(R) of People's Republic of China reacts during the awarding ceremony for the para alpine skiing Women's Downhill Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)Sliver medalist Zhang Mengqiu(R) of People's Republic of China poses for photo during the awarding ceremony for the para alpine skiing Women's Downhill Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)Gold medalist Mollie Jepsen of Canada(C), Sliver medalist Zhang Mengqiu of People's Republic of China(L) and Bronze medalist Ebba Aarsjoe of Sweden pose for photo during the awarding ceremony for the para alpine skiing Women's Downhill Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)Bronze medalist Ebba Aarsjoe of Sweden poses for photo during the awarding ceremony for the para alpine skiing Women's Downhill Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza of the Winter Paralympics in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)

Coming back home: Finnish Paralympian’s snow dream and Chinese adventure

Matti Sairanen performs a hand stand in Olari, Finland. [Photo provided by Matti sairanen]After a fresh snowfall, the frozen landscape of Zhangjiakou outside Beijing in north China offers the perfect blank page to embrace new dancing feet. Matti Sairanen, a Finnish Paralympian, rode those hills as if they were his blank canvas and his snowboard the pen tip.Weeks before flying to China to participate in the 2022 Beijing Paralympics, Sairanen posted on Facebook that he would visit his “老家 (old hometown) in a little bit.”“Due to my father’s work, my family moved to China when I was 2. Since then, I have lived in China off and on for 20 years. China is like an old home to me,” Sairanen told People’s Daily Online.Almost a decade after his first visit to Zhangjiakou, the city’s changes have left the Finnish snowboarder in awe. The once shabby city has since been transformed into a giant sports center with glimmering venues and countless sets of disabled-friendly equipment. It is here where he will compete with Paralympians from around the globe, pursuing his snow dream.The adventure of “Chinese Matti”Finnish Nightmares by Karoliina Korhonen has sparked a new word in Mandarin, jingfen’. (Photograph: Karoliina Korhonen)To most Chinese, the Finnish Matti that they are familiar with is a socially awkward cartoon character from the Finnish Nightmares comic series. In Mandarin, a new term has even been coined to describe people similar to the hero in the comic: namely, 精芬(Jingfen), or “spiritually Finnish.” The term refers to Chinese people who dislike socializing – like the Finns, apparently, – and take their personal space “extremely seriously.”Matti the Fin snowboarder, on the other hand, is quite different from the cartoon character. A talkative and outgoing Fin, Matti said his experience of living and studying in China had made him “spiritually Chinese.” His friends in China know him by the name 刘迪 (Liu Di), while decades of living in Beijing has turned him into a living m...

Highlights of pre-show ahead of opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

Photo taken on March 4, 2022 shows a scene of the performance during the pre-show ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Song Yanhua)Photo taken on March 4, 2022 shows a scene of the performance during the pre-show ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ga)

Xi declares open Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday night declared open the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing.

Opening ceremony of 2022 Winter Paralympics begins in Beijing

Photo taken on March 4, 2022 shows the countdown performance ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games got underway at the National Stadium here on Friday night.The opening ceremony started at 8 p.m. local time, with its program divided into 12 segments, including the parade of athletes and the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron.Themed Inspiration, the countdown performance had two parts - Looking back at the history of the Paralympic Games and the Inspiration of the Paralympic Spirit.The Beijing Winter Paralympics will run through March 13.The National Flag of the People's Republic of China is carried during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)The countdown performance is staged ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ga)A choir of vision impaired singers sings a cappella during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)Photo taken on March 4, 2022 shows the countdown performance ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)Trumpeters call out a welcome melody during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Wu Zhuang)The National Flag of the People's Republic of China is raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, ...

Paralympic cauldron lit at opening ceremony

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Paralympic cauldron for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games has been lit at the National Stadium.Li Duan, Paralympic long jump and triple jump champion at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, placed the torch in the middle of a giant snowflake-shaped cauldron which later ascended to the top of the stadium, after the torch was relayed among eight Paralympic athletes inside the stadium during the Games opening ceremony.The Paralympic flames collected in Stoke Mandeville, a village northwest of London that is recognized as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, and eight other locations in Beijing and Zhangjiakou gathered to form the official flame for the 2022 Winter Paralympics at a ceremony held at the Temple of Heaven on Wednesday.Over the past three days, 565 torchbearers have participated in the torch relay in Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou competition zones.The 2022 Winter Paralympics takes place between March 4 and 13.

People living with disabilities in Beijing create woolen bouquets for Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

A workshop for cultural and creative products at Beijing Hope House, a rehabilitation center for people with spinal cord injuries, was assigned an unexpected task in late August last year – it was tasked with creating bouquets that will be presented to medalists at the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.Photo shows Tang Zhanxin (C) and her team members. (Photo/China Women’s News)With support from the Beijing Disabled Persons’ Federation, the center was founded in 2014 by Tang Zhanxin, who lost the ability to walk after a tragic car accident.“When the federation revealed that our workshop was picked to create the bouquets for Beijing 2022, I felt very surprised and lucky,” Tang said.The bouquets are not made of fresh flowers, but of crocheted ones instead. These crocheted woolen bouquets will not wither and are produced with techniques listed as an intangible cultural heritage in China.According to the original design, each bouquet features six types of flowers, including a rose that stands for friendship, a Chinese rose for perseverance, a lily of the valley for happiness, a hydrangea for unity, a laurel for victory, and an olive for peace. Tang suggested adding blue-colored calliopsis to the bouquets for the Paralympic Games, as calliopsis conveys the strength of persons living with disabilities. Her suggestion would later go on to be adopted.Photo shows woolen bouquets for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. (Photo/China Women’s News)However, it’s an arduous task for Tang, as she had to complete hundreds of bouquets in just a few months. Tang established a team of more than 150 people living with disabilities accompanied by their family members. At first, only several team members possessed the skills for crocheting the flowers, so they quickly got to work tutoring the others. In the end, Tang’s team crafted 500 bouquets altogether.“It took us over 20,000 hours to complete the bouquets, as each bouquet needed 35 to 40 hours to craft...

Paralympic flame passes hands as torch enters “closed-loop bubble”

The final phase of the Torch Relay for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games was held inside the “closed-loop management system” on Thursday.(People’s Daily Online/Weng Qiyu)The final phase of the Torch Relay for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games was held inside the “closed-loop management system” on Thursday, a system that has encompassed all Winter Games venues while ensuring the separation of people involved in the Games from members of the general public.First lit up on March 1 at Stock Mandeville, a village northwest of London, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, flames for the Paralympics were then illuminated at eight different locations a day later in schools, libraries, and historical landmarks located across the three Winter Paralympics’ competition zones in Beijing and Zhangjiakou. These flames were then brought together and united at the Temple of Heaven in the Chinese capital.“I think the Chinese government, the public and the organizing committee did a terrific job in getting things done. Sports for us is more than just athletic performances, it showcases to the world what a person with disabilities can achieve,” International Paralympic Committee Vice President Duane Kale told People’s Daily Online.Kale also spoke highly of the facilities and equipment for athletes with disabilities in Beijing.“The hotels and the villages are very accessible. We could not be more delighted to be here,” said Kale.The torch will enter the final stretch of its journey on Friday, with 565 torchbearers expected to participate in the event simultaneously at the Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou competition zones.Every physically challenged soul contains a whisper of light. Thanks to the Paralympics, such a light will not dwindle from the public’s sight. Bearing the torch against prejudice, Paralympians worldwide will gather in Beijing and pursue their Paralympic dreams.(People’s Daily Online/Weng Qiyu)Beijing is the first city to host the Summer and Wint...

Speed skating champion offers class to children in NE China’s Heilongjiang

Li Yahui, a national speed skating champion, was recently invited to give a class on speed skating to children in Youyi county, Shuangyashan city, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province.Li became a member of a speed skating team at the local sports school in Jixi city, Heilongjiang, in 1972. Between 1975 and 1982, she was a member of the Heilongjiang provincial speed skating team as well as the national speed skating team, having won gold medals during multiple competitions in addition to breaking national records in her sport. Between 1986 and 2015, Li was a senior coach on the Heilongjiang provincial short-track speed skating team, having cultivated a large number of speed skating talents on behalf of the country. Li’s husband, Luo Zhihuan, was China’s first world champion at an international winter sports competition.Li Yahui leads the children to practice skating. (Photo/Heilongjiang Daily)Photo captures Li Yahui playing with children on ice. (Photo/Heilongjiang Daily)Li Yahui teaches children speed skating techniques. (Photo/Heilongjiang Daily)

Winter Paralympic torch relay starts in Beijing

Torchbearers Zhang Miao(L) and Che Chi gesture with their torches during the Beijing 2022 Paralymic Torch Relay and Flame Lighting Ceremony at the wharf of the Grand Canal in Beijing, capital of China, March 2, 2022. The flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games was collected at eight locations in Beijing and Zhangjiakou. Each collection was followed by a relay of no more than 20 torchbearers on-site before the gathering of flames at the Temple of Heaven. (Xinhua/Li Renzi)The torch relay for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games gets underway until Friday, and 565 torchbearers will participate in the Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou competition zones.BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The torch relay for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games started here on Wednesday, two days before the Games officially opens.Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, lit the torch from a cauldron at the launch ceremony held at the Temple of Heaven, and then handed it over to Chen Jianxin, wheelchair curling champion at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics.Nine representatives carried the flames collected in Stoke Mandeville, a village northwest of London that is recognized as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, and eight other locations in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, then the nine flames gathered to form the Beijing Winter Paralympic official flame.Beijing 2022 organizing committee president Cai Qi said in a speech that organizers will fulfill its promise of two equally wonderful Olympic Games and host a streamlined, safe and splendid Games.In 2008, the Paralympic flame was lit in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Now this new flame signals the arrival of a historic Games. Beijing is the first ever city to host the summer and winter editions of the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said in a video message.Around 400 people attended the ceremony, inclu...

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