Hangzhou Disability Asian Games Closing…”See you in Aichi and Nagoya in three years”
The Hangzhou 2022 ParaAsian Games have come to an end after seven days of intense competition.
The Hangzhou 2022 Para Asian Games came to a close on Monday afternoon with the closing ceremony at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
Korea, competing in its sixth Para-Asian Games, finished 15th out of 44 countries, led by Kim Young-gun (Sport Class 4-Gwangju Metropolitan Government), who won a silver medal in the men’s singles table tennis event.
Unlike the opening ceremony, where the entire athletes from each country marched together, the flag bearer of each country marched alone in the parade, followed by six representatives from each country. South Korea’s Kim Jin-hyuk and general manager Park Jong-cheol walked out with the other delegations.
The closing ceremony was attended by 127 members of the 345-member Korean contingent, including athletes and officials from each sport who will remain until the final day of competition.
As the flag bearer, Kim Young-gun waved a large Korean flag and said, “I am honored to be the flag bearer for the closing ceremony after being the team captain. I felt great whenever I heard the news of medals in other sports. I am proud of all the athletes,” he said.
Like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony filled the stadium with the scent of osmanthus flowers, similar to apricot and peach, and golden osmanthus petals fluttered.
A deaf girl and a carp in a blue lake were shown dancing in a mind-to-mind communication.
A video of moments of joy and glory from athletes across 22 sports was followed by a closing statement from Asian Paralympic Committee President Majid Rashid.
“Thirty-three countries have won medals at the Games,” said Rashid. Congratulations to Yemen, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan for winning their first ever Para Asian Games medals,” said Rashid. “You have all been an inspiration to the world.”
“We have shared happiness and sadness through sport. Until we meet again, I hope you will be proud of yourself,” he said, adding, “Let’s see you in Aichi and Nagoya, Japan, where you will surprise the world again in three years.”
The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) flag was lowered from the flagpole and handed to Hideaki Omura, local governor of Aichi Prefecture and Hideo Nakata, mayor of Nagoya City, Japan, the hosts of the next Para Asian Games, who raised the flag and played the Japanese national anthem (Kimigayo) to wish the next Games a successful conclusion.
The Hangzhou 2022 Para Asian Games, which was postponed for one year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), was held in Hangzhou, China, with 3,200 athletes, 2,101 officials and a total of 5,121 participants from 44 countries competing in 22 sports.
Korea won 30 gold, 33 silver and 40 bronze medals at the event, achieving its goal of finishing fourth overall. 토토사이트