“Together! With a hot heart!” Hangzhou Disability AG hot determination ceremony
“Together, pursuing dreams with hot hearts, victorious KOREA!”
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Para Sports Federation held the ‘Hangzhou Para Asian Games Korea Team Finalization Ceremony’ at the Icheon National Para Athletes’ Village in Gyeonggi-do, Gyeonggi-do at 11 a.m. on the 13th.
The Hangzhou Para-Asian Games, which were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, will be held in Hangzhou, China, from Feb. 22-28. 3,800 athletes from 45 countries will compete for 566 gold medals in 22 sports. The Republic of Korea is sending 348 athletes to compete in 21 events.
The ceremony was attended by Jeong Jin-wan, President of the Korean Para Sports Federation, and Kim Jin-hyuk, President of the Hangzhou Para Asian Games Team, along with Lee Jung-mi, Sports Cooperation Officer of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ha Hyung-joo, Permanent Auditor of the Korea Sports Federation, Shin Chi-yong, 온라인카지노 CEO of Korea Sports Industry Development Corporation, Song Kang-young, President of the Korea Sports Policy and Science Institute, and more than 400 guests from the sports world, including the heads and board members of sports and provincial associations affiliated with the Korean Para Sports Federation, who wholeheartedly supported the Hangzhou Para Asian Games propaganda.
At the closing ceremony, President Yoon Seok-yeol personally sent a video to support and encourage the Para athletes. In the video, President Yoon said, “I am proud of the national athletes who sweated and trained for the Games. The government will ensure that everyone in our society can enjoy sports rights fairly. We will further guarantee the sports rights of people with disabilities and strengthen support,” he promised. “To the national athletes with disabilities, please showcase your hard-earned skills and do your best. We will cheer you on with the whole nation,” he said, pumping his fist and shouting “Fighting!”.
“I hope you will do your best every moment so that your hard work in training under difficult conditions due to the postponement of the Games due to the coronavirus pandemic will bear fruit in Hangzhou,” said Jeong Jin-wan, President of the Korean Para Sports Federation. “I hope you will have a meaningful time of friendship, communication and harmony. The people’s support will be with you on your way.”
In his departure speech, Kim Jin-hyuk said, “At this moment, I’m thinking of each and every athlete I’ve met along the way. I am proud of you,” he said, gathering praise. “Thinking about all the sweaty hours you’ve put in, shout out your name and clap for yourself. You’ve done a great job!” The players responded with a round of applause. “I feel honored, responsible, and missionary to stand at the closing ceremony as a representative of the athletes. The Hangzhou Para Asian Games are nine days away. I will do my best to support the athletes to showcase their best performance,” he said. “We will have 348 athletes competing in 21 sports and will showcase our hard-earned skills. We will do our best in every game. Good results are important, but we will prioritize safety and health. We ask the public for their continued interest and support until the end of the Games.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is actively supporting the athletes’ safety management as well as training support to ensure that their efforts will be rewarded. In August and September, the ministry, together with relevant organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Unification, the National Intelligence Service, and the Korean Paralympic Committee, discussed and inspected the athletes’ participation in the Games and how to support them in the field.
Lee Jung-mi, Director of the Sports Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said, “We hope that Korean athletes will raise the status of the Republic of Korea and impress the Korean people with their fair and wonderful performances at the Games. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will do its best to support the athletes so that they can safely fulfill their dreams and hopes.”