This Sunday all roads are leading to Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province where the 4th Asian Para Games are taking place.
Themed “Hearts Meet, Dreams Shine,” the opening ceremony will take place at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center, or “Big Lotus,” on Sunday evening.
The 85-minute event revolves around the image of osmanthus, the city’s official flower.
Sha Xiaolan, general director of the opening ceremony of Hangzhou Asian Para Games says, the Para Games opening ceremony will “showcase China’s cultural confidence with digital technology, demonstrating the spirit of “optimism, harmony, perseverance and sharing.”
“Image, music and love are the three key words of the opening ceremony. The image of golden osmanthus will run throughout the ceremony to welcome athletes from across Asia and extend our best wishes to them,” said Sha.
The song “Our Asia,” which was used for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, will be played again to accompany the entrance of athletes into the stadium.
“Using the same song is to express the notion of the integration of the disabled and able-bodied,” said Sha. The beloved song was penned 33 years ago for the 11th Asian Games in Beijing.
APC President Majid Rashed expressed his hope that he will witness one of the best-ever Games over the next few days.
“The organizing committee has done a fantastic job in creating such amazing venues with all accessible facilities. I am sure everyone is going to have a great time in the next few days,” said Rashed.