Beijing Paralympic Winter Games | Italian athletes: After four years, expect more disabled youth to participate in ice hockey

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Xinhua News Agency Beijing, March 16 (reporter Luo Xin)The “bird’s nest” flashing blue light and shadow, the “snowflakes” rotating in the sky, staring in ecstasy…Andrea Macri, a paralympic ice hockey player back in Italy, couldn’t wait to share the joy and emotion of her experience in Beijing with her friends.China’s Zhang Zheng (R) fights with Italy’s Andrea Macri during their match in Beijing, Capital of China, March 8, 2019.Xinhua News Agency reporter LAN Hongguang photograph “thank the volunteers smile, thank the athletes for their hard work, thank the Beijing Winter Paralympics everything!Friendship lasts forever!”Macri wrote in a Instagram post.At the end of the post, he boasted of a pinyin he had recently learned: “xiexie.””The Chinese Paralympic ice hockey team did an amazing job winning a bronze medal in their first Paralympic winter competition.””We played against China in the group stage and I was very impressed with China’s No. 17 (Shen Yifeng),” Macri said. “He is better than many of our players, he is very quick with his stops and turns.”China’s Shen Yifeng (R) attacks during a match in Beijing, capital of China, March 12, 2019.Mauricio Macri was disappointed that the Italian Paralympic ice hockey team only finished fifth despite their best efforts, compared to their fourth place in the Pyeongchang Paralympics.Investigate its reason, the aging of Italian team lineup is indisputable fact.”In our country, there are very few disabled people who play ice hockey.In four years’ time we will have the Paralympic Winter games in Italy and I really hope I can do something for the team, looking for more young talent to make the team stronger.”Macri said.”Hockey is empowering and makes life better.”Macri has always used his experience of playing hockey and getting his life back on track to inspire young people with disabilities to get involved in the sport.Li Macroscopically (l) of China competes with Andrea Macri of Italy during their match in Beijing, Capital of China, March 8, 2019.Macri was 17 when a sudden accident left him paraplegic.”I lost faith in life, but sports like ice hockey rekindled my passion for life.”Macri said.With the support of his family, he began to participate in sports rehabilitation programs.Macri gradually emerged from the haze of life by practicing wheelchair fencing and disabled ice hockey.”I prefer ice hockey, which is more of a team sport, to fencing.”Macri said.The communication and cooperation with his teammates made him more cheerful and optimistic, and the experience of competing in various places broadened his vision.In 2017, Macri became the athletes’ representative on the IPC’s Technical Commission for Ice Hockey Sports.”Ice hockey for the disabled is very exciting and enjoyable to watch. I hope more young people with disabilities get involved in the sport, more people come to watch ice hockey for the disabled and change the sport’s ‘visibility’ among people with disabilities.”Macri said.Statement: The copyright of this article belongs to the original author, if there is a source error or infringement of your legitimate rights and interests, you can contact us through email, we will deal with it in time.Email address: