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The Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games were inaugurated this Friday in a ceremony led by the president of that country, Xi Jinping, in which a call for peace was launched and the promotion of sport as a transforming force in people's lives. .


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The Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing hosted the evening in which local athlete Li Duan, Paralympic long jump and triple jump champion, and medalist in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 editions, lit the cauldron.

Before, a group of Chinese skiers and snowboarders descended to the center of the stadium, from where they greeted the box of authorities, and then other athletes from the host country toured the coliseum with their national flag, which was then hoisted.

The announcement of the official opening of the list corresponded to Xi Jinping in his capacity as head of state of the host country. He was accompanied by the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Andrew Parsons.

In his speech, Parsons called for peace and promote sport as a tool for transforming people's lives.

In addition, he celebrated the participation of 138 women in these games, a record number, although he said that there is still much to be done to achieve gender equality in sport.

In total, around 520 athletes from 46 National Paralympic Committees are in the Chinese capital, who will compete for medals in 78 medal events in six sports. The host country attends the event with 96 athletes.

These games have representation from countries from every continent except Africa. Panama, Israel and Azerbaijan make their debut in the list.

Athletes from Russia and Belarus will not be present, excluded by decision of the IPC, which admitted having received pressure from delegations and governments to thereby sanction those countries as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, where Russia launched a special military operation to protect the population of Donbas and prevent Kiev from obtaining nuclear weapons and threatening its security.

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