Winter Paralympics: Officials call for peace as Beijing Games officially open

In the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Paralympics, Chinese officials called on athletes to “show your respect” as they bid a peace-filled goodbye to Beijing. Officials hope that this will lead to improved performances from non-Chinese medalists in future games.

The “bbc sport” is reporting that the officials for the Winter Paralympics have called for peace as the Games officially open. The opening ceremony was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

Ukrainian delegationDuring the opening ceremony in Beijing, the Ukrainian delegation carried the national flag.

Beijing, China is the location. Dates: March 4th to 13th Beijing time is GMT +8.

Ukrainian competitors took part in the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Paralympics, with organizers reiterating their pleas for peace.

Despite the Russian invasion, which started on February 24, the 54-strong group made it to Beijing.

The International Paralympic Committee has prohibited Russian and Belarussian competitors from competing.

The IPC’s president, Andrew Parsons, said, “The globe must be a place for sharing, not separating.”

“What is going on in the world right now horrifies me. Not conflict and hatred, but communication and diplomacy are the order of the day in the twenty-first century.

“The Olympic ceasefire is a UN Resolution that ensures peace during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It must be respected and observed rather than broken.

“Paralympians will demonstrate the best of mankind and promote the principles that should underlie a peaceful and inclusive society via sport.”

“Paralympians understand that an opponent does not have to be an adversary, and that by working together, we can accomplish much more.”

The Paralympic Games will take place from March 4 to 13.

At the Games, 24 British competitors will compete, hoping to add to the seven medals they won four years ago in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

At the opening ceremony, wheelchair curlers Gregor Ewan and Meggan Dawson-Farrell carried the flag for Great Britain.

‘Sport is where change begins.’

The opening ceremony, which took place at the renowned Bird’s Nest stadium, let fans into the stands.

Before Chinese President Xi Jinping proclaimed the Games officially open, para-biathlete Maksym Yarovyi carried the Ukrainian flag as the delegation approached the arena.

The Ukrainian Paralympic head, Valeriy Sushkevych, stated on Thursday that the team’s participation in the Games was a “miracle.”

“We had to gather all of our equipment, gear, clothing, and everything we needed all around Ukraine,” he said.

“We had to get all of the management, physicians, experts, players, and coaches to the Games and figure out a means to get them there.”

“Right present, there are two frontlines. One is for our servicemen in Ukraine. And one of them is right here in Beijing.”

Ievgenii Bogodaiko, a Ukrainian para-swimmer, expressed his hope that the Winter Paralympics will boost morale in Ukraine.

He told Sport, “It will be a win for all of Ukraine.”

“We hope that our Paralympic competitors will present themselves with dignity and strength.”

“Hopefully, there will be awards, successes, and the sound of Ukraine’s national song will encourage us.”

“When I see what’s going on in Ukraine, how everyone has come together in our nation… I’m incredibly happy to be a Ukrainian.”

At least 47 people were killed, according to Ukrainian emergency services, in a Russian air strike on the northern city of Chernihiv on Friday.

“Change begins with sport,” Parsons remarked in his remarks to the players and authorities.

He said, “Not only can it create unity, but it can also be a catalyst for improving people’s lives, cities, and nations.”

“Tonight, the Paralympic Movement calls on global leaders to unite in order to promote peace, understanding, and inclusiveness, just as athletes do.”

A member of the Ukrainian team raises his fistUkrainian para-athletes arrive at the Beijing GamesMembers of the Ukrainian delegation in BeijingUkrainian delegationDuring the opening ceremony in Beijing, the Ukrainian delegation carried the national flag.

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