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British Embassy welcomes Chinese Paralympians to celebrate International Paralympic Day


11:30, September 09, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- British Embassy in China celebrated International Paralympic Day together with a group of Chinese Paralympians at the British Ambassador's Residence here on Thursday.

With under a year to go until the London 2012 Paralympic Games, International Paralympic Day is being held in the United Kingdom for the fisrt time as the last four editions were held in Germany every two years.

International Paralympic Day is to be hosted by London at Trafalgar Square on Sep. 8 to coincide with the beginning of the ticketing application process for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which follow the Olympic Games and run from 29 August to 9 September next year.

To echo with the main acitivities in London, British deputy Ambassador in China Chris Wood said, "The London Paralympic Games will not just be about inspirational performances from the world's greatest athletes. Nor will they just be about a memorable and spectacular Games which showcases London and the UK. They will be about Britain bringing the world together to share an unforgettable experience."

Ping Yali, who won China's first Paralympic gold in long jump in 1984,shared her story of how disabled people can push themselves to overcome hardship and take control of their lives.

Chinese Paralympians also played table tennis with British Embassy's staff.


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