The Beijing Winter Paralympic Games ended yesterday (13th) after a 10-day schedule.
Unfortunately, our team finished the competition without medals, but the reduced support and failure to change generations after the Pyeongchang Games were painful.
Reporter Lee Seong-hoon from Beijing.
Athletes from 46 countries who competed fiercely will enter, and the Paralympic flag will be delivered to the next host, Italy.
The torch that lit up the Beijing sky was extinguished, and the ten-day festival came to an end.
In this competition, our team received a disappointing record of no medals for the first time in 8 years since the 2014 Sochi Games.
Cross-country gold medalist Shin Ui-hyeon at the Pyeongchang Games and veterans of ice hockey three musketeers Jeong Seung-hwan, Jang Dong-shin, and Lee Jong-kyung burned their fighting spirits, but the struggle with young players from other countries, including China, was evident.
The Athletic Association for the Disabled points out that the reason is the sharply reduced investment and support since the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
[Jeong Jin-wan / President of Korea Paralympic Sports Complex: Not a single winter business team was created after Pyeongchang.
The promise to build an ice hockey rink was not kept...
If the budget is not supported, you can't do it with your heart alone.]
Young athletes who made their Paralympic debuts, such as Sara Choi of alpine skiing and Je-hyeok Lee of snowboarding, kept the spark of hope.
China, which had only one medal in the Winter Paralympic Games until the Pyeongchang Games, swept 61 medals with great support and took the overall first place.Keywords: