Yesterday, the opening ceremony of the 4th Asian Para Games in Hangzhou was held at the main stadium of Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center (Big Lotus), continuing the cultural confidence, scientific and technological warmth and emotional touching of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games, showing the spirit of "sunshine, harmony, self-improvement and sharing". It is reported that nearly 44,5200 people from 3100 countries and regions participated in this Asian Para Games, including nearly 2090,1550 athletes, more than 3090,<> delegation officials, more than <>,<> technical officials and more than <>,<> media personnel, which is the largest Asian Para Games in history.

Guangzhou Daily all-media reporter Sun Jiahui

The largest Asian Para Games in history

At the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Para Games, wheelchair basketball player Huang Xiaolian from Guangzhou and wheelchair fencer Sun Gang from Jiangsu served as the flag bearers of the Chinese delegation's appearance ceremony.

Huang Xiaolian said: "I am deeply honored and proud to be the flag bearer of the Chinese delegation. The flag bearer carries not only an honor, but also a responsibility and effort. The mission is on the shoulders, the struggle has me! I think this is a valuable experience, which will continue to motivate myself to not forget my original intention in my future life and on the field, face difficulties, strive to win the championship in the next competition, and contribute my part to the honor of the motherland. ”

Yesterday, a joint press conference between the Asian Para Olympic Committee and the Hangzhou Asian Para Organizing Committee was held at the main media center of the Hangzhou Asian Para Games. Majid Rashid, Chairman of the Asian Para Olympic Committee, Zhao Sujing, Secretary-General of the Chinese Paralympic Committee and Deputy Head of the Chinese Delegation, and Chen Weiqiang, the main spokesperson of the Hangzhou Asian Para Games, attended the press conference and introduced the overall situation of the Games.

"I have been to Hangzhou many times", this time Majid saw the changes in Hangzhou, he praised the construction of Hangzhou's barrier-free environment, "These improvements brought by the Asian Para Games will leave a precious legacy for Hangzhou and its people." ”

Zhao Sujing said that since October 10, the five sports of wheelchair basketball, table tennis, badminton, boccia and lawn bocce have entered the competition stage one after another, and the teams have performed well. All the members of the delegation will resolutely eliminate doping with a "zero tolerance" attitude, and ensure that they win the gold medal of morality, the gold medal of style, and the gold medal of cleanliness.

It is reported that the Hangzhou Asian Para Games has a total of 22 major events and 564 small events, and the current schedule has all been determined, "This Asian Para Games will have nearly 44,5200 people from 3100 countries and regions participating, including nearly 2090,1550 athletes, more than 3090,<> delegation officials, more than <>,<> technical officials, and more than <>,<> media personnel participated, which is the largest Asian Para Games in history." Zhao Sujing said.

As of October 10, 21,32 tickets have been sold, with a cumulative ticket revenue of 6.747 million yuan.

The Asian Para Games produced a total of 564 gold

The Hangzhou Asian Games will compete in 15 major events and 40 sub-events over 61 competition days, resulting in gold medals in 483 sub-events. In contrast, the Asian Para Games are short but heavy, with 22 gold medals in 564 events.

The Asian Para Games are not as large as the Asian Games, but the total number of gold medals exceeds that of the Asian Games, which involves a professional problem - medical grading. The Hangzhou Asian Para Games Village Grading Comprehensive Center undertakes the important task of grading disabled athletes. At the Hangzhou Asian Para Games, 80% of the grading work will be completed here.

According to reports, according to the results of the classification evaluation, athletes will be assigned to different levels of the event system from light to heavy, so that athletes with similar degrees of physical disabilities can compete fairly in the same field.

The reporter learned in the interview that due to the unsatisfactory classification, the performance of athletes may vary widely, and the sports performance will vary greatly from the next grade. Therefore, the grading assessment plays an important role in the Asian Para Games, and if the staff is not meticulous, professional and fair, it may lead to disabled athletes not being able to participate in appropriate level competitions and compete with athletes with lower or higher disabilities than themselves, resulting in unfair competition and regret.

Generally speaking, classifiers judge the injury status of disabled athletes and whether they meet the minimum injury standards of the sport in which they participate on the premise that the "eligible injury type" recognized by the International Paralympic Committee is the premise. If eligible, participants will be assigned to each level of the event based on how much the injury affects the limited activity.

In addition to the pre-competition classification assessment of athletes, classifiers also need to conduct in-game observations to determine whether the results of the classification assessment need to be adjusted based on the athletes' performance on the field to ensure that the competitive process is fair and equitable. Professional grader team, detailed grading standards and all-round guarantees, three important conditions are indispensable.

The graders of this year's Asian Para Games are appointed by various international individual organizations, and professionals with medical backgrounds, including orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology and other professional doctors and licensed rehabilitation therapists, etc., who have rich medical expertise such as nerve injury and rehabilitation assessment, and can accurately evaluate and judge the true state of athletes in the grading process.

Chinese athletes are fighting for a Paralympic spot

At the Asian Para Games, the host Chinese delegation sent a total of 723 participants, including 439 athletes, including 221 male athletes and 218 female athletes, from 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, with an average age of 26.5 years old. This is the largest number of provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) covered by the Chinese sports delegation since it participated in the Asian Para Games. They will compete in 22 major events and 397 minor events. On October 10, the wheelchair basketball event of the Asian Para Games took the lead, and the competition will last until the 19th, and two gold medals will be determined in women's wheelchair basketball and men's wheelchair basketball, and the Chinese team is a strong contender for the gold medal.

According to Zhao Sujing, among the 22 sports of this Asian Para Games, 12 of them are the qualification or points competitions of the Paris Paralympic Games, of which athletics, swimming, cycling, shooting are the Paris Paralympic qualification competitions, weightlifting is the world ranking competition, boccia, blind judo, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, badminton, taekwondo, wheelchair fencing are the Paris Paralympic points competition.

At present, the Chinese sports delegation has qualified for the Paris Paralympic Games in 9 sports, including athletics, swimming, shooting, archery, canoeing, rowing, blind football, blind goalball men's and women's teams, and sitting volleyball women's teams.

The China Paralympic Federation closely combines the Paris Paralympic Games and the Hangzhou Asian Para Games, "striving for qualifications, constantly tempering the team, and striving to improve the level." Zhao Sujing said. This year, the China Disabled Persons' Federation sent a total of 29 delegations to participate in international competitions, and achieved 214 gold, 173 silver and 147 bronze.

In order to make the Chinese delegation achieve results and style, all sectors of society provide all-round support for sports teams. The doctoral team of Beijing Sport University participated in the training of the blind football national team, and arranged scientific and reasonable physical training and rehabilitation training for the players.

Following the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, the Asian Para Games came to China again. The goal of the Chinese delegation is to continue to maintain its leading position and achieve both sports achievements and spiritual civilization. At the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, the Chinese delegation achieved the "three consecutive championships" in the gold medal list and medal list. The Hangzhou Asian Para Games are closely linked to the Paris Paralympic Games, and Chinese athletes will strive to win more Paralympic places in the 12 Paris Paralympic qualifying or points competitions.

Guangzhou Daily, October 2023, 10, version A23