More than 300 Chinese athletes who will be competing at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games are finishing up their preparation this week at the China Disability Sports Training Centre. With 16 days to go until the Opening Ceremony in Beijing, the athletes are among the 547-member China delegation, the largest in history, competing in all 20 events at the Games.21 Aug 2008
“I was here to cheer for you before the opening of the Games and I was moved to see all of you striving to become stronger and training very hard,”
The President of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao, made a special visit to the massive facility to wish the country’s athletes much success on their last training days for the Paralympics. While at the centre, President Hu was accompanied by the Vice President, Xi Jinping.
The President watched the training of the athletes in various sports, including Athletics, Football 7-a-Side, Football 5-a-Side, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball. He spoke personally with several athletes, as well as addressed them with great anticipation for success, wishing them well on their personal victories at the upcoming Paralympics.
“I was here to cheer for you before the opening of the Games and I was moved to see all of you striving to become stronger and training very hard,” he said.
The China Disability Sports Training Centre is deemed the world’s largest sports training site for people with a disability. It covers a total of 238,235 square metres, and includes a multi-sports training gym, swimming pool, goalball hall, cycling track, two outdoor football fields and two archery ranges. The centre doubles as the national Paralympic sports training base, and is located in Beijing’s suburban Shunyi district.
For more information on the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, please visit www.paralympic.org.