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Torch festival in Changsha 残奥圣火长沙传递

Editor:Sharon Lee
Source:中国日报网
Updated:2008/9/2 9:35:55

Disabled people enjoyed an unprecedented gala as the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games torch passed through the capital of Hubei province Sunday.

More than 2,400 of Wuhan's 438,000 physically challenged people cheered the torch on its relay and enjoyed the accompanying performances.

Local authorities said it was the largest get-together for the disabled in the city.

"The torch relay is real festival for us and I feel extremely happy," one of the disabled spectators said, waving the national and Paralympic flags.


Zhu Gang (left), who is visually impaired, runs as a torchbearer with the help of a volunteer in Changsha, Hunan province August 31 2008. [Xinhua]

Sixty torchbearers, including 11 disabled persons, took part in the 3-km relay.

Wen Qing, the final torch bearer, said: "I hope disabled athletes (from Hubei) carry forward the (Paralympics) spirit and go all out to achieve good results in Beijing."

Wen, dubbed the "wheelchair princess", has won more than 50 wheelchair race medals at home and abroad over the past 15 years.

Seven Hubei athletes will take part in swimming, table tennis and track events in the Paralympics that starts on Sept 6.

The Wuhan city government has intensified its efforts to help the disabled. For example, it has created more than 10,000 jobs for the physically challenged over the past five years.

The Paralympic torch relay will cover 13,181 km in nine days and pass through 11 cities. It passed through Changsha, capital of Hunan province, along the "Ancient China" route Sunday.

The relay has two routes - "Modern China" and "Ancient China".

The "Modern China" route covers Shenzhen, Wuhan, Shanghai, Qingdao and Dalian. The "Ancient China" route includes Xi'an, Hohhot, Changsha, Nanjing and Luoyang.

Wuhan has a population of 8 million and is the economic and communications hub of central China. The local government has decided to raise the city's GDP from last year's 314 billion yuan to 1 trillion yuan in the next seven to eight years.

(火炬传递现场,红旗招展,气氛热烈。By the roads of  2008 Beijing Paralympic Games torch relay, people of Changsha city waved national flags to welcome the flame as if it was a festival with great happyness.)

(作为第一棒火炬手,朱伟明无比激动。Zhu Weiming was excited to be the As the first torch bearer in Changsha city, Hunan. )

(残奥会圣火传递,其实也在传递关爱。Love and passion are passing through the flame.)

 
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  70名火炬手,3公里传递路程,数万名热情市民,昨天上午,北京残奥会火炬传递“中华文明线”第三站在文明古城长沙启幕。火炬传递从长沙市妇女儿童活动中心开始,终点在湖南省游泳网球中心湘籍奥运明星广场。最能彰显长沙现代文明气质和城市建设风采的体育新城区,见证了残奥会圣火的熊熊燃烧和激情舞动,也见证了“超越、融合、共享”的残奥会理念在星城长沙薪火相传。
  
  传递启幕,到处洋溢关爱
  
  根据流程安排,圣火传递要10时左右才开始,而早上8时,热情的长沙市民就已经陆陆续续赶到了火炬传递线路沿途。尽管距离起跑仪式开始还有两个小时,但大家都在耐心等待,现场丝毫不见焦躁与混乱。
  
  特别是在即将举办起跑仪式的现场,鲜红的国旗和残奥会会旗将这里装点成了欢乐的海洋,整齐划一的腰鼓和红绸舞等表演方阵更是让现场一片欢腾。大家用欢乐的歌舞表达迎接残奥圣火的喜悦之情,用激情传递着各界对残疾人的关爱。脸颊涂着五星红旗图案的人们,手中挥舞着奥运五环旗帜……“点燃激情、奉献关爱”,“喜迎残奥、爱我星城”的呐喊声此起彼伏。
  
  残奥会圣火传递,少不了残疾人士这一主角,为体现对他们的关爱,组委会昨天还组织了一批残疾人士在起跑仪式现场观礼。
  
  来自湖南中医药大学的卢六沙就是观礼嘉宾之一。未满周岁时,卢六沙患上小儿麻痹症,最终导致下肢瘫痪,但他没有向命运低头,自学完成了电子、机械、文学、医学和生物学等学业,最终成为了一名出色的工程师。卢六沙曾作为第77棒火炬手,参与了北京奥运圣火在长沙的传递。这次,作为残奥圣火传递起跑仪式上的嘉宾,卢六沙一大清早就赶到了现场。“今天社区里不少残疾人都来了,残奥会是我们自己的盛会,大伙儿都想亲眼目睹这一激动人心的时刻。”卢六沙说。
  
  负责腰鼓表演的金帆艺术团杨红团长则告诉记者,为了在起跑仪式上献上精彩演出,他们早上7时30分就赶到这里做准备。这一次,艺术团共出动了60多人,其中年纪最大的84岁。而住在金帆小区的陈焕宙夫妇已经78岁高龄,因为错过了早上的班车,他们就自行打的赶到演出现场,老人为残疾人事业甘愿奉献的精神令人感动。
  
  10时许,起跑仪式开始。第一棒火炬手、亚特兰大残奥会游泳金牌获得者朱伟明,从省委常委、市委书记陈润儿手中接过火炬开始传递。现场顿时沸腾了!彩色的烟花腾空而起,象征和平的鸽子放飞希望,人们高呼“长沙加油,中国加油”,挥动着手中的国旗和残奥会会旗;更多的人则纷纷拿出相机和摄像机,想以最迅捷的速度,永远留下这难忘的一幕。

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