Wheelchair Fencer Rong Jing to Act as Flag-Bearer of China Paralympics Delegation
The delegation made the announcement on the 5th day of the Games at the end of the raising ceremony of the China gymnasium delegation held in the Athletes’ Village.
‘I felt surprised when I got the news’, the 28-year-old Rong Jing said smilingly. ‘I feel so honored, for it is a holy responsibility. I am just one of the innumerable disabled people or the disabled athletes. I am just like them who are optimistic and positive!’
Zhang Haidi, president of the China Disabled Person’s Federation and of the China Paralympics Committee, who will act as the president of the Chinese Delegation, remarked, ‘we should be more concerned about the disabled females and children. This year, we wanted to choose an excellent female athlete as the flag bearer, so we chose Rong Jing, the fencing champion of the 2012 London Paralympics. I believe that the temperament and image of Rong Jing represents the spirit and disposition of Chinese Paralympics athletes.’
Rong Jing, 1.68m ta;;, was born in a common villager family in Huachong Town, Shuyang County, Jiangsu Province in 1988. Her right leg was affected by polio. She is now studying in Lianyungang Broadcasting & Television University. In 2004, she joined the Jiangsu Wheelchair Fencing Team where her specialty was dueling sword and foil: she went on to win gold in 2012 in London. Since 2015, she has attended seven international competitions and won six gold medals. She has also won the National May Day Labor Medal, the China Youth May Fourth Medal and the National March Eight Red-banner Pacesetter.
At the Rio Paralympics, Rong Jing will compete in the foil individual, foil team and dueling sword competitions from the 14th day on.