Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion ready for Par­a­lympics in Rio

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By JI YE in Rio de Janeiro For China Daily

A large Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion of nearly 500 peo­ple, in­clud­ing ath­letes, coaches and of­fi­cials, moved into the Par­a­lympic Vil­lage on Aug 31 for the 2016 Par­a­lympic Games.

Most of the Chi­nese team is stay­ing in one build­ing at the vil­lage, dec­o­rated from top to bot­tom in na­tional flags.

“Ev­ery­one is happy with the ac­com­mo­da­tions, and we are all look­ing for­ward to the Games. It’s been a smooth process mov­ing in,” said Huang Ying, Team China ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant.

Sit­ting vol­ley­ball player Lv Hongqin was a star of the China team that won gold at the Lon­don Par­a­lympics.

“We’ve been here (in Rio) a few days al­ready, and it’s good to move in,” she said. “The ser­vice has been good; we’re happy, no prob­lems.

“We were cham­pi­ons in 2012, and I hope we can do it again,” Lv said. “There will be lots of tele­vi­sion coverage back home, and I know many peo­ple are wish­ing us to suc­ceed.”

Be­fore the start of the Rio Olympic Games, there were some ser­vice prob­lems at the Olympic Vil­lage, such as blocked toi­lets, leaky pipes and volt­age in­sta­bil­ity.

In the days since the close of the Olympic Games on Aug 21, a se­ries of changes have been made to the vil­lage to adapt the huge com­plex — which com­prises 31 build­ings and 3,604 apart­ments — to the needs of the Par­a­lympic ath­letes.

Although all the build­ings in the vil­lage were de­signed to high stan­dards of ac­ces­si­bil­ity, to pro­vide more space for wheel­chair ath­letes, beds have been taken out of some of the twin rooms, and chairs have been re­moved from the gi­ant can­teen.

All the build­ings have units adapted for peo­ple with im­pair­ments or with re­duced mo­bil­ity. The doors are wider, show­ers taller and cor­ri­dors larger, and the lifts have room for two wheel­chairs at a time.

China’s Par­a­lympic team, the largest China has ever sent overseas to a Par­a­lympics, has a to­tal of 308 dis­abled ath­letes. Among them are 161 men and 147 women, who will par­tic­i­pate in 328 events cov­er­ing 17 sports, set­ting an­other record.

Seven Par­a­lympic swim­ming gold medals win­ner Xu Qing of China will par­tic­i­pate in his fourth Par­a­lympics.

“Af­ter a long flight, I feel a bit tired. But I’m still ex­cited for my fourth Par­a­lympics. I will spare no ef­fort for good re­sults,” he said.

At the Lon­don Par­a­lympics, China won 95 gold medals and 231 medals. China has topped the medal ta­ble at the last three Par­a­lympic Games.

JI YE / FOR CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese Par­a­lympic ath­letes ar­rive in Rio on Aug 31.

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