China on Wednesday announced a 723-member delegation, including 439 athletes, for the upcoming Para-Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou from October 22 to 28. The 221 male and 218 female athletes will compete in 397 events across all 22 disciplines at the Hangzhou Para-Asian Games.
The average age of athletes is 26.5 years old. The oldest is table tennis player Gao Yanming, aged 58, and the youngest is chess player Yang Yixiao, aged 13. Among them, 247 athletes have a college degree or higher. And all 439 athletes are amateurs, as they are farmers, students, workers and freelancers.
The delegation seeks to maintain its leadership in the Para-Asian Games, demonstrating sporting performance and morality, fulfilling the commitment of “two games of equal splendor”, according to the deputy head of the delegation, Zhao Sujing.
“Half the team retired after the Tokyo Paralympics, and the majority of our team is now around 23 years old. We were champions in 2018, so we will aim to maintain our title in Hangzhou,” said Chen Qi, coach of the Chinese women’s wheelchair basketball team. “I hope the veterans can pass on their resilience and love of wheelchair basketball to the newcomers, and we will test ourselves in Hangzhou before preparing for the Paris Paralympic Games,” he added.