BEIJING, May 23, 2017 (CDPF) – Zhang Haidi, Chairwoman of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) and Chairwoman of the Chinese Paralympic Committee, attended the International Paralympic Committee’s Governing Board meeting on May 18-20 in Barcelona.
Zhang, also one of the four executive presidents of Beijing 2022, briefed the IPC about China’s ongoing preparations for the 2022 winter Paralympics and China’s Paralympic Movement.
The preparations for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games are progressing smoothly thanks to the support from the Chinese government and the IPC, she said.
Beijing 2022 is pushing forward the preparations for the 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympics side by side. Five Paralympic venues will start to be constructed in 2017, and barrier-free facilities have been fully considered, Zhang said.
The vision for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, same as that for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, will be made public later this year. It will call for the promotion of the Paralympic spirit, the development of Paralympic sports, and the building of an equal and inclusive society for disabled persons, she said.
Beijing 2022 will announce the official emblems for the 2022 Paralympics and the 2022 Olympics simultaneously in the second half of 2017, she said.
Competition management for the 2022 winter Paralympics is moving forward steadily. Beijing 2022 has received visits by IF officials on sledge hockey, Alpine ski and snowboard, and competition managers are being selected and trained, Zhang said.
The marketing program for the 2022 winter Paralympics has been launched, and the first official partners will be named in the near future, she added.
China is committed to developing Paralympic winter sports and improving disabled people’s competitiveness. “We’ll organise more activities to facilitate more people with disabilities to practice winter sports,” she said.
IPC President Philip Craven appreciated Zhang’s debriefing, and China’s efforts to prepare for the 2022 winter Paralympics and develop winter sports for disabled people.
He said he was confident the 2022 winter Paralympics would be successful.