Chinese delegation ready for Paralympics in Rio
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.
Chinese Paralympic athletes arrive in Rio on Aug 31.