HANGZHOU, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — The torch relay of the 4th Asian Para Games concluded on Saturday within the host metropolis of Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province.
With the theme of “Hearts meet, dreams shine”, the relay in Hangzhou was attended by 600 torchbearers, aged between 14 and 73.
After Thursday’s launch ceremony in Chun’an County, which is understood for its “Thousand Islands Lake”, the relay handed by Jiande City, Tonglu County and Fuyang District earlier than concluding in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan District.
Chinese powerlifter Tan Yujiao, two-time powerlifting champion on the Rio and Tokyo Paralympics, was the primary torchbearer through the Chun’an leg.
“When I saw Tan Yujiao push the wheelchair forward with the torch, I was so moved. This is a moment for people with disabilities to gain more confidence and courage,” stated Wang Xiaoming, a Chun’an resident who got here to look at the relay.
Song Maodang, who gained the lads’s 100-meter butterfly S8 title and set a world file on the Rio Paralympics, was the primary torchbearer at Tonglu.
“When I held the torch, the fire in my heart burned up again. It’s like being back on the field,” Song stated.
“We aim to win a gold medal and I hope that people with disabilities can live strong and optimistic lives,” stated Lu Xiaocong, who will compete within the canoe occasion on the Hangzhou Asian Para Games.
“There are 188 torchbearers with disabilities participating in the torch relay. We have carefully designed and arranged barrier-free facilities to ensure the safety and success of the relay,” stated Du Zuofeng, deputy commander of the Hangzhou Asian Para Games torch relay command middle.
The 4th Asian Para Games can be held between October 22 to twenty-eight.