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Disabled journalists at Para Games

12-15-2010 08:44 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games & Asian Para Games |

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The Asian Para Games are underway in the southern city of Guangzhou. Among the roughly two-thousand journalists covering the event, nine have physical disabilities themselves. They are proving there is no shortfall in their job capabilities.

Xie Yan was an I/T specialist in Beijing, before an illness left him needing crutches. In 2006, he set up a studio called "One Plus One," making feature programs for radio. All the employees are visually impaired.

"One Plus One" have previously reported on major sporting events, such as the Beijing Paralympics, and the Shanghai Special Olympics.

Sun Zhiyuan was once a music teacher. Now he's the project planner for the group. He is partially sighted, and is the eyes for his best friend Yang Qingfeng. Yang has been blind since he was born. But that didn't stop him achieving a high level of education at a specialist school for the blind -- he passed the National Mandarin Rank Examination with the highest level -- One-A.

Sun Zhiyuan and Yang Qingfeng said, "We've been good partners for years. We always tell each other that there is a way to solve each difficulty."

Fu Gaoshan is also visually impaired. He went to a normal school, and later graduated from Wuhan University of Science and Technology, with a bachelor degree in computer science. He is the technician of the group, responsible for setting up and testing all the equipment.

The four journalists are receiving a good deal of attention from the rest of the media. As well as interviewing athletes, they've been interviewed many times themselves. But they are keen to highlight the assistance of the many volunteers at Guangzhou, who they say have been invaluable in helping them carry out their reporting duties smoothly.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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