Full text: China's Parasports: Progress and the Protection of Rights

White Paper
The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a white paper titled "China's Parasports: Progress and the Protection of Rights" on Thursday.

XinhuaUpdated: March 3, 2022

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a white paper titled "China's Parasports: Progress and the Protection of Rights" on Thursday.

Following is the full text of the white paper:

China's Parasports:

Progress and the Protection of Rights

The State Council Information Office of

the People's Republic of China

March 2022


Contents

Preamble

I. Parasports Have Progressed Through National Development

II. Physical Activities for Persons with Disabilities Have Flourished

III. Performances in Parasports Are Improving Steadily

IV. Contributing to International Parasports

V. Achievements in Parasports Reflect Improvements in China's Human Rights

Conclusion

Preamble

Sports are important for all individuals, including those with a disability. Developing parasports is an effective way to help persons with disabilities to improve physical fitness, pursue physical and mental rehabilitation, participate in social activities, and achieve all-round development. It also provides a special opportunity for the public to better understand the potential and value of the disabled, and promote social harmony and progress. In addition, developing parasports is of great importance in ensuring that persons with disabilities can enjoy equal rights, integrate readily into society, and share the fruits of economic and social progress. Participation in sports is an important right of persons with disabilities as well as an integral component of human rights protection.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Xi Jinping at the core attaches great importance to the cause of the disabled, and provides them with extensive care. Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, China has included this cause in the Five-sphere Integrated Plan and the Four-pronged Comprehensive Strategy, and taken concrete and effective measures to develop parasports. With the steady advance of parasports in China, many athletes with disabilities have worked hard and won honors for the country in the international arena, inspiring the public through their sporting prowess. Historic progress has been made in developing sports for persons with disabilities.

With the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games just around the corner, athletes with disabilities are once again drawing global attention. The Games will certainly provide an opportunity for the development of parasports in China; they will enable the international parasports movement to advance "together for a shared future".

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