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Para Games infuse courage, confidence to disabled spectators

12-16-2010 08:42 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games & Asian Para Games |

The sporting spirit of the disabled athletes has provided a source of strength for able bodied citizens, and also for a special group of spectators at the Para Games. Disabled supporters from ten Guangzhou districts and two adjacent counties said that the Games are giving them a renewed look at life. Our Zhang Nini found out more.

Twenty six years old Zeng Fuqiang has suffered from total blindness since he was born. It's his first time to watch sports events live in a stadium, or rather, hear them through a coworker.

He said he could feel the sizzling excitement in the field.

Spectator Zeng Fuqiang said, "This is my one and only time here. I like the atmosphere here and I feel that the athletes are in their top forms. "

Zeng was among the 80 disabled persons watching the events at the Aoti Stadium on Wednesday morning. Since the para games opening, the Guangzhou Disabled People's Federation has arranged 200 disabled people, mostly walking and visually impaired, to the competition venues every day. Wu Chunjiang is another. A high fever at the age of 5 has left a dent on her intellect. For Wu, the para games is even better than the Beijing Paralympics, for she could watch the event live in Guangzhou. The twenty two year old said that she was touched by an athlete of a similar name.

Spectator Wu Chunjiang said, "Wu Chunmiao, the women's 100m T11 competitor is my favorite. She was able to brave public attention and attend the event in good form. I respect her for that. "

Forty two year old Bi Ganquan is also proud of the disabled athletes. The staffer at a local electric wire factory is walking impaired, due to an ill-treated polio at the age of seven.

The tenacity and sportsmanship of the athletes, and their positive attitudes propel Bi to set a higher target for his life.

Spectator Bi Ganquan said, "I will work harder in the factory. Just those competitors who have made world class athletic achievements, we bring try to sell our products to the world. "

Xu Peng, the organizer of the event, viewed the para games as a platform for disabled people to battle against difficulties through sports, and look to the future with optimism.

Xu Peng, Disabled People's Office, Huadu District, said, "The activity aims to help disabled people walking out of their secluded environment, mingle with people and to embrace life."

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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