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Paralympic Winter Games national team balances training with pandemic prevention

Source: cdpf.org.cn Updated: 2021-03-15
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will open on March 4 next year, meaning there's less than a year before the event kicks off.

How are the venue preparations going? How are the athletes getting on?

Let's get the latest from Zhang Haidi, executive president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG).

Zhang is also a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation.  

Zhang Haidi, a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and chairperson of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, attends the two sessions from March 4 to 11, 2021.

The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will open on March 4 and last until March 13. The games include a total of 78 events in six categories: alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biathlon, wheelchair curling, and Paralympic ice hockey. The International Paralympic Committee has limited the number of tickets for athletes to 736.

 

The disability categories of athletes who participate in the Paralympic alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon include physical and visual disabilities. Blind athletes compete using the guidance of the sound of the able-bodied lead skater's loudspeaker. 

Athletes with physical disabilities can participate in snowboarding, wheelchair curling and Paralympic ice hockey.

China is expected to take part in all six major sports.

According to the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Regulations' December 2020 edition, the snow sports tickets will be allocated by the end of May 2021, the Paralympic ice hockey tickets will be confirmed in November 2021, and the wheelchair curling tickets will be allocated at a time to be determined.

 

 

Chinese athletes are expected to get about 70 tickets to participate in the 2021-2022 snow season events, and can take part in all six major events. This includes about 70 minor events, according to the current international scores or rankings, and takes into account international event arrangements, eligibility guidelines and points rules of each event, and the context of the epidemic situation.

Zhang said that China’s national team has implemented a closed management system and strict training regime in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Related domestic events have been temporarily suspended, but international events are still taking place. The team is doing everything possible to ensure their safety when going abroad and participating in Winter Paralympics qualification events.

The national team saw zero infections due to the strict measures to prevent and control the pandemic, said Zhang.

At present, 124 athletes, 115 coaches and staff from six sports are training in five bases in Beijing municipality and Hebei province.

Wheelchair curling athletes are training in the newly-built national ice sports training center for the disabled; Paralympic ice hockey athletes are training in Chengde, Hebei; and four snow sports teams - alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and biathlon - are training in Chongli, a district of Hebei's Zhangjiakou city.

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