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Gathering Marks Success of Beijing Paralympic Games
    2008-09-19 21:02:53     Xinhua

A China's Disabled Persons' Federation official on Friday hailed the complete success of the 2008 Paralympic Games, saying the country's disabled athletes won great honor for the nation and the Chinese people.


Deng Pufang, head of the federation, called the historic event a "new chapter for the Paralympic Movement," as he delivered a key-note speech at a conference to sum up the experience of the Paralympic Games.


"Over 4,000 disabled athletes from different countries and regions joyfully gathered in Beijing and created a new peak for the Paralympic Movement, in 12 unforgettable days and nights, from September 6-17," said Deng.


Also attending the conference were Hui Liangyu, vice premier and chairman of the State Council (Cabinet) working committee on the disabled population; Liu Qi, Beijing Party Chief and president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG), and Liu Yandong, state councilor and vice president of the BOCOG. All of these officials are also members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.


Deng said that Chinese athletes had achieved a good harvest in sports and morale at the just-concluded 2008 Paralympics, "leaving a good impression for athletes from the rest of the world and bringing about enormous inspiration and encouragement for the Chinese people of different ethnic groups."


Athletes from around the world had shown self-esteem, self-confidence, self-improvement and self-support, he said. They had also felt happiness and friendship, achieved dreams and success and realized their goal of challenging themselves and pursuing the value of life.


The athletes wrote a splendid chant for life and gave the world affection, inspiration and convulsion, according to Deng, who is also executive president of the BOCOG.


Beijing had perfectly upheld its promise of "Two Olympic Games, the same brilliance" and given a top-level and special Paralympics to the world, he stressed.



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