Paralympics gets under away

The opening ceremony for the Paralympics was held last night in Beijing. The ceremony was spectacular but perhaps not on the scale of the ceremony for the Beijing Olympics.
Most of the show was performed by people with disabilities, including Li Yue, who lost her left leg in the Sichuan earthquake and performed [...]

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The Beijing Paralympics are just a day away from starting. Here are some pictures from Tiananmen Square which has some pretty impressive floral displays on show now.

The Olympic medals which were made by Olympic sponsors BHP Billiton were handed over to Olympic organizers today at ceremony near Tiananmen Square.
There are 3000 medals in all, including those made for the Paralympics.
BHP Billiton is the world’s largest mining company and sees China to be one of it biggest markets for future growth.
“China is [...]

Natalie du Toit from South Africa will be the first person to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics after being named on both swimming teams.
Natalie lost her left leg in a car accident in 2001. She qualified for the Beijing Olympics by finishing fourth in the 10 kilometer open water championships.
She won five [...]

A guide produced by Olympic organizers for volunteers is set to bring outrage to the international disable community. The guide contains language that is patronizing and shows how out of touch China is with dealing with disabled people.
The guide explains not to call Paralympians or disabled spectators “crippled” or “lame”, even if they are [...]

Just after qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in the 10 km Open Water swim, Natalie du Toit won the 100 meter freestyle event at the Paralympic world cup.
The South African swimmer lost her leg in a motorcycle accident.
She wore one of the new LZR Racer swimsuits from Speedo.
“My suit is a bit big and I [...]