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CHN | Mar 13, 2022

Paralympic Games closes in Beijing with call for peace

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The flag of Ukraine is carried into the stadium the Olympic Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’ by biathlete Vitalii Lukianenko during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games.


The Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, China closed today (March 13) with a call for peace in the world in difficult times.

“In the Paralympic Villages there were different nations, different views, different abilities,” International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons said at the closing ceremony in the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

The flag of Germany is carried into the Olympic Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’ by biathlete Leonie Walter and her guide Pirmin Strecker during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games.

“Differences here did not divide us. They united us. Together for a shared future.

“Through this unity we have hope. Hopes for inclusion, hopes for harmony, and importantly hopes for peace.

“Humankind hopes to live in a world where dialogue prevails.”

A general view during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’.

The Russian team were eventually excluded by the IPC following the invasion of Ukraine after initially being told they could be permitted as neutrals.

Ukraine’s delegation attended the Games as planned.

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