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Minister Park Neung-hoo, Watches Wheelchair Curling at Winter Paralympics with Developmentally Challenged People

  • Date : 2018-03-14
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Minister Park Neung-hoo, Watches Wheelchair Curling at Winter Paralympics with Developmentally Challenged People

- Realized “Passion. Connected,” meaning of paralympics, with families of developmentally challenged people.
- Cheered wheelchair curling team on with developmentally challenged people.

□ On March 14, Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo plans to sit together with people with developmental disabilities and their families to watch wheelchair curling and cheer the Korean team on who has extended a winning streak at the Gangneung Curling Center in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, full of energy, passion, and excitement of the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

□ Minister Park will have a luncheon meeting with developmentally challenged people and their families before watching the curling game. At the meeting, he will offer words of encouragement and support to them who have been suffering from double discrimination by difficulties from and prejudice against developmental disabilities.

○ The Ministry of Health and Welfare said that Minister Park will express his will to support the policy for developmentally disabled people. He will also extend his support and encouragement to the parents and families of people with development disabilities who need special care because of cognitive and communication disorders.

□ Minister Park was highly impressed by the courage and passion of the disabled people who were invited to the luncheon meeting on Wednesday after being told that they acted as publicity campaigners for the Winter Paralympics in longing for successful opening of the international multi-sport event. Accordingly, Park plans to deliver a message of hope that “If we cling together, we can do anything.”

○ The “Group of Travelling Publicity Campaigners for the Winter Paralympics” was launched in October in 2017 under the sponsorship of the Government of Gangwon-do, the Council of Gangwon-do, the Gangwon-do Sports Association for the Disabled, and the Gangwon-do Organization for the Types of Disabilities. The campaigners have since carried out publicity campaigns for the successful opening of the Winter Paralympics, Korea’s first-ever event of great significance, while engaging in a 22,036-kilometer traverse of the country.

○ At the luncheon meeting, Minister Park will ask the disabled people and their families to work together to help make a world where disabled and non-disabled people live in harmony while remembering the spirit of Paralympics symbolizing the meaning of “side by side” of the Greek word para.

□ In the afternoon on the same day, Park will cheer the Korean wheelchair curling team on, who maintains its unbeaten record in the round robin, with people suffering from developmental disorders at the Gangneung Curling Center.

○ The Korean squad, who is called “Oseong Avengers” because all the five curlers do not share the same surname, has defeated Canada, the fourth-ranked team in the world, and thus maintained the rapidly rising popularity of curling at the Winter Paralympics.

- The Korean curling team obtained four successive victories in the preliminaries, thus emerging as one of the strongest medal candidates. The team also played a nice game with great etiquette. As a result, the Korean curlers are attracting intensive attention and support from the crowds at the Paralympic venue.

○ Minister Park showed “Passion. Connected,” a slogan of the 12th Paralympic Winter Games, by passionately cheering the Korean team on with developmentally challenged people at the Gangneung Curling Center.

□ Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Welfare is continuing its efforts for the success of the international winter event. To this end, during the Paralympic period (From March 9 to August 18), the Ministry is actively encouraging people to visit the host city of Pyeongchang and the two sub-host cities of Gangneung and Jeongseon, all located in Gangwon Province. The Ministry is also providing support for the transportation for Korean Paralympic teams.

< Annexes >
1. Activities of Publicity Campaigners for Winter Paralympic
2. Support Projects for Developmentally Challenged People

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