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Asian Para Games torch relay kicks off in Guangzhou

12-06-2010 15:47 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games & Asian Para Games |

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Just one week away from the start of the Asian Para Games and the torch relay in Guangzhou got underway today.

The citizens of Guangzhou and a local deaf dance troupe welcomed the torch in Guangzhou's center square. During the ceremony, Zhang Guangning, Secretary of the Guangzhou municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China handed the torch to the first torch bearer Fu Hongzhi, kicking off the the Asian Para Games torch relay. Fu Hongzhi won a gold medal in archery during the Beiijng Para Olympic Games.

In all, the torch relay covered a distance of 8.8 kilometers alongside the Pearl River.

A total of 98 torch bearers took part in the relay, with 20% of them disabled.

Showing their spirit, a number of the disabled even attempted to leave their wheelchairs and stand on their own to accomplish their leg of the relay.

Torchbearer Tan Taosheng relays the torch during
the torch relay for the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para
Games in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province,
Dec. 6, 2010. (Xinhua/Liang Xu)

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