BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Paralympic Games has been a grand
festival for disabled people all around the world, said chief organizer Liu Qi
at the Games' closing ceremony on Wednesday night.
"The Paralympic Games is a grand event embodying the concepts of
transcendence, integration and equality," he said in a packed Bird's Nest
"The Paralympians have shown their positive attitude toward life, such as
self-respect, self-confidence, self-improvement and self-reliance. They have
sung a hymn to humanity by displaying their sporting excellence," he said.
"Every Paralympic athlete has provided a unique interpretation of the value
and significance of life through his or her fortitude and perseverance. It is
indeed an exciting and educational experience to watch their performance in
competition," he said.
Liu said the Games has also generated changes in the host city and country.
"Inspired by the Paralympic Games, more than 300,000 people with a
disability in Beijing further integrated themselves into society, experiencing
not only the charm of the Games but also the enthusiasm of the society," he
"The Games has also been a great event to arouse public interest and to
promote the cause for people with a disability...an accessible bridge has been
formed to join our hearts," he said.