Wheelchair Fencing Champion Rong Jing Announced as China's Flagbearer for Rio Paralympics

September 7, 2016
By CRI EnglishEditor: Rong Chen
Rong Jing, 28-year-old wheelchair fencing world champion will be China's flagbearer at the Rio Paralympics opening ceremony. [Xinhua]


Chinese delegation announced on September 5 that the 28-year-old wheelchair fencing world champion Rong Jing would be China's flagbearer at the opening ceremony of Rio Paralympics.

The announced was made after the national flag-raising ceremony of the Chinese delegation, which was held at the Rio Paralympic Athletes Village on Monday, two days before the grand opening of the first Paralympic Games held in South America.

The Chinese Paralympic delegation, headed by the chairperson of China's Disabled Persons' Federation, Zhang Haidi, attended the ceremony.

The Largest Chinese Paralympic Team Sent Overseas

The Chinese delegation, which features nearly 500 people including athletes, coaches and officials, is the largest team the country has ever sent to a Paralympics overseas. It has a total of 308 athletes. Among them are 161 men and 147 women, who will participate in 328 events from 17 sports, setting a record for China. Among the Chinese athletes participating at the Rio Paralympics, 134 of them are first-time competitors at the Paralympics.

At the London Paralympics, China won 95 gold medals and 231 medals in total. The Asian country topped the medals table at the last three Paralympic Games. Swimming, track and field, table tennis, women's sitting volleyball and women's goal ball are considered strong medal hopes for China at the Paralympics.

(Source: CRI English)

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