Winter Paralympics: what to expect in Beijing

The Winter Paralympics begin with Opening Ceremony on Friday 4 March 2022, here’s what to expect from this year’s Games.

What to expect

This year the Winter Paralympics will take place between Friday 4 March and Sunday 13 March, and will be held in Beijing National Stadium, China. Xi Jinping, the president of China, will commence the games at the Opening Ceremony which you can expect to be as moving as ever. The Winter Paralympic torch design has already been released. It’s designed as two overlapping ribbons spiralling upwards with ‘Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games’ engraved into the lower half in Braille.

The ribbons are silver and gold, symbolising bringing light to the Winter Paralympics.

The different Paralympic sports that you can expect to see at the games include: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Sled Hockey, Snowboarding and Wheelchair Curling. Each individual sport contains different events and competition categories within them for athletes to compete in. There will be 78 medal events in total, but if you want more information on what each event involves and who to look out for, then go to the International Paralympic Committee’s website.

What’s new

It has been announced that the all-star presenting team of this year’s Winter Paralympics Games will be made up of people with a disability only for the first time at a world-wide sporting event.

Enable magazine, the UK's leading disability magazine, talks about this years (2022) Winter Paralympic Games. Catch the latest action directly on Channel 4.
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The daily highlights will be brought to you by award-winning presenter and Enable columnist Ade Adepitan and former rugby player, Ed Jackson. Paralympic champion Lauren Steadman will present the breakfast show. Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson and British racing car driver Billy Monger will be the on-screen reporters. Former sit-kier Sean Rose will be pundit, and Arthur Williams who presented at Tokyo 2020 will cover overnight sports.

You can watch the Winter Paralympics on Channel 4 or C4’s YouTube. Channel 4 are ensuring that viewing the Winter Paralympics will be as accessible as possible. There will be live subtitles, and Audio Description will be provided on More 4 where the highlights will be repeated.

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