Paralympics pictograms unveiled

The pictograms for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics were unveiled in Beijing on Wednesday, continuing to show the charm of Chinese calligraphy.

These pictograms, whose style is in line with those for the Olympic Games, once again used the structure of the Chinese seal script as their basic form to cover the 20 sports, namely archery, athletics, boccia, cycling, equestrian, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball (sitting), wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

One of the designers, however, said they learned more than what they gave during the design process.

"Actually we knew little about Paralympic sports and the life of disabled people, but once we knew them, we were moved and educated," said Hang Hai, associate professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, which is a member of the Design Group for the Beijing Olympics pictograms.

"To better design the pictograms, we visited people such as disabled athletes and Paralympics specialists. Personally I was moved by their spirits," he said. "So our design intended to show not only the characteristic of each sport but also a feeling of positiveness."

Statistics showed that China now has about 80 million disabled or mentally challenged people among the 1.3 billion total population.

The Paralympics will open on September 6 next year.

Source: Xinhua

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