Opening Ceremony Theme ‘Blooming of Life’… A fierce battle for 78 gold medals in 6 events until the 13th
The Korean team entered the 35th out of 46 countries… Jockey Wheelchair Curling Baek Hye-jin
When the Ukrainian team entered, cheers and applause erupted… Russia and Belarus ‘exit’
12 days after the Olympic flame was extinguished, a bright torch was rekindled in Beijing, China.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games (Paralympic Games) announced a strong start with the opening ceremony held at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, at 8:00 pm local time (9:00 pm Korean time) on the 4th.
Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, is the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Zhang Yimou, a famous Chinese film director who oversaw the Beijing Summer Olympics 14 years ago and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which ended last month, also served as artistic director for this Paralympic Games.
Despite the chaos caused by the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the challenges of players from each country continue.
The slogan is ‘Together for a Shared Future’, similar to the 2022 Winter Olympics.
It was initially known that about 1,500 athletes from 50 countries would participate in this event, but 46 countries have been confirmed to participate.
Russia, which invaded Ukraine, and Belarus, who sympathized with it, were banned from participating in the Games due to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) ban decision on the 3rd day before the opening day.
In Ukraine, 20 athletes and 9 guides will participate.
A total of 41 people participated in the opening ceremony, including executives and 18 players (13 hockey, 5 curling), including Korean team leader Yoon Kyung-sun.
The rider was played by Baek Hye-jin, the lead of the mixed wheelchair curling team ‘Confession of Jang Yoon-jung’ (Rolling Stone, Uijeongbu).
It is the first time in the history of the Korean Winter Paralympic Games that a female athlete competed as a sole jockey. At the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games last year, Boccia Choi Ye-jin held a Taegeukgi with her mother, Moon Woo-young.
Belgium was the first to enter, while Ukraine was fourth.
The spectators silently watched the squad waving flags with the Hong Kong flag and the Beijing Olympic emblem, and when the Ukrainian team was introduced, cheers and applause came out for a moment.
IPC President Parsons stood up and greeted the players with applause.
Italy, the host country of the 2026 Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, appeared in the 45th place, and the host country China entered the final 46th with cheers from the home crowd.
After the speech of Tsai Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, who served as the organizer of the conference, IPC Chairman Parsons came forward and emphasized ‘peace’ and ‘reversal’.
Regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chairman Parsons said, “What is happening in the world right now is terrifying.” “The 21st century is a time for dialogue and diplomacy, not for war or hate. It was adopted by the 193 member states at the General Assembly of the United Nations, and it must be observed and must not be violated.”
After the speech, President Xi Jinping announced the opening of the session.