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Preparations for Paralympics completed
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16:16, September 04, 2008

All the preparations for Beijing Paralympics are completed, president of BOCOG Liu Qi announced at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Executive Committee meeting held on 3, Sept.

The meeting was chaired by Philip Craven-the president of IPC. All members of IPC's Executive Committee and Deng Pufang, executive president of BOCOG also attended the meeting.

Liu Qi emphasized that both Chinese Government and people wish sincerely to hold a Paralympics with characteristics and high level, to promote the cooperation and friendship between Chinese and other countries' disabled and to promote the development of Paralympics and various undertaking of disabled.

With the help of IPC and the support form Chinese Government and people, all the preparations of Beijing Paralympics are in order, said Liu. BOCOG would support the best facilities of competition and life for all disabled athletes and members of disabled family. It will organize the games effectively, and will set up individualized service locations at airport, Paralympic village, stadiums and hospitals.

In addition, BOCOG will pay much more attention to media services and news publishing as well as organization of opening and closing ceremonies of Paralympics.

So far, more than 40,000 staff and volunteers are all in their positions. Beijing and other co-host cities Qingdao and Hong Kong are well prepared in the Games' organizing, reception services and cities' running. They are opening their arms to welcome disabled athletes and friends form all over the world and to share the glories and happiness together.

Craven fully affirmed the preparations of Beijing Paralympics. He said "No doubt, we have seen equal splendor here as you promised to us. We've seen it and we're feeling it," when he praised about the comprehensive preparations. He also believed that Beijing Paralympics would be a great success and to open a new chapter in the history and progression of the Paralympic Movement.

By People's Daily Online

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