2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games Come to a Close

Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Opening Ceremony – National Stadium, Beijing, China – March 4, 2022. Flagbearer Maksym Yarovyi of Ukraine leads his contingent during the athletes parade at the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

The Paralympic Games have come to a close after nine days and 78 events that took place against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The closing ceremony on Sunday marked the end of the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, and centered around a message of peace and unity.

“Differences here did not divide us,” said Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, in remarks to the assembled crowd.

“Through this unity we have hope. Hopes for inclusion, hopes for harmony and importantly hopes for peace,” Parsons said. “Humankind hopes to live in a world where dialogue prevails.”

China led the way

Out of the competing countries, the host country China took homeĀ the most medals with 18 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze medals for a total of 61.

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SOURCE: NPR, Wynne Davis