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China welcomes private capital in ecological protection******
BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China is set to encourage and support private capital in ecological protection and restoration, according to a circular released by the General Office of the State Council.。
Some regions have suffered serious damages and degradation in ecosystems and thus need wider social participation in ecological protection and restoration, the circular stated.。
To attract private funds, the circular has mapped reforms and detailed requirements on participation mechanisms and supportive policies.。
China will give full play to the decisive role of the market in resource allocation, give greater play to the role of the government, increase investment in key areas, enhance market vitality, and promote the high-quality development of ecological protection and restoration works.。
The circular has encouraged and urged private capital to participate in the whole process of investment, design, restoration and management of ecological protection and restoration projects.。
It elucidated that private funds can participate in ecological protection and restoration works through different modes such as independent investment, cooperation with the government, and non-profit operation.。
Private capital is encouraged to focus on the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems, farmland ecosystems, urban ecosystems, mining ecosystems, and marine ecosystems while exploring the development of ecological industries, the circular added. Enditem。
Feature: A long road ahead for China's disabled marathon runners******
By sportswriters Yao Youming and Zheng Xin
XI'AN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- 47 athletes took part in the marathon event at China's 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities here on Tuesday, showing their great determination to challenge themselves.
FAITH NEVER FADES
Although Tian Yajuan only finished fifth in her T54 event, the 23-year-old wheelchair debutant was satisfied after finishing her first marathon at the National Games.
"I took up the sport two years ago. As a rookie, I'd like to try more major events. Compared with other competitions, the marathon strengthens my mind better," Tian told Xinhua.
Zhang Yong of Shanghai, silver medalist at the Tokyo Paralympics, won the men's T54 wheelchair event, clocking 1:25:25.
"The marathon is a tough event that showcases our great determination and a spirit of never giving up," said Zhang.
"Any wheelchair athlete without a strong mind won't be able to finish the event," he added.
After crossing the finishing line, China's Paralympic elites Zhou Zhaoqian and Zhou Hongzhuan continued to compete in the afternoon session.
"I love the marathon, because when I run on the road, I am very happy," said hearing-impaired athlete Dorje Tsering from Qinghai Province.
VETERANS LENDING A HAND
Zou Lihong, the T54 marathon gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, topped the podium on Tuesday, clocking 1:43:39.
The 37-year-old failed to defend her title at the Tokyo Paralympic Games when her glove came loose, preventing her from adequately propelling herself along. But this time, Zou prepared well ahead of rainy conditions in Xi'an.
"I noticed the weather report, glued and sewed the glove together tightly, in order to prevent the disaster in Tokyo from happening again," Zou said.
However, when she finished the race, there were still raw patches on her hands where the gloves had rubbed.
In the Chinese national team, Zou and Tian are roommates. Tian told Xinhua that as an elite athlete, Zou taught her a lot.
"When young teammates want to give up training, I give them some tips on how to use their explosive powers effectively. I join them in their training sessions. Then the younger athletes can build up their confidence, and their physical situation will gradually improve," Zou said.
After the National Games, Zou plans to take a break from competition to focus on her personal life. But the veteran said that she might resurrect her career in two years' time, because she loves the sport.
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND
In recent years, the marathon has flourished in China, but for wheelchair athletes, few events around the country cater specifically for them.
"We only train on the road once in a month, because it is not safe enough for us to do so. Apart from the Chengdu Marathon, no other event was open for professional wheelchair athletes," lamented Dai Yunqiang, who took fourth place in the 2012 London Paralympics.
"Famous international marathons such as those in Tokyo and New York include a wheelchair race. Around 40 competitors register to take part. If the Xi'an Marathon includes this group in future, I'd like to compete on home ground," Zou said.
In Zhang Yong's opinion, if a mass marathon opened for them, it would not only help people with disabilities to live a better life, but would also improve China's results in major international events.
"In 2017, I had a flat tyre during the New York Marathon. Before the accident, I didn't even know that I ought to use special tires for road races," Zhang said.
"I hope that we can have more marathon events in China," the 29-year-old added. Enditem
Spanish snowboard coach optimistic visit to China helps preparation for Beijing 2022******
MADRID, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Alex Martin, coach of Spain's snowboard cross (SBX) team for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in February 2022, told Xinhua that although Spain will have a "small" team in Beijing, they have high hopes of coming back home with a medal.。
SBX sees six racers compete on a course which tests their skill and at times their ability to keep out of trouble, in a sport where the slightest loss of concentration can send you tumbling.。
"Talent, technique and tactics is the formula that we have been using in training with all our athletes in the snowboard cross team in the Royal Spanish Federation of Winter Sports (RFEDI)," Martin told Xinhua.。
He highlighted Lucas Eguibar, who is the reigning world champion, and Alvaro Romero, as Spain's two strongest medal hopes, along with Regino Hernandez, who claimed the bronze medal in the PyeongChang Winter Games in 2018.。
Martin has a degree in Physical Fitness science and a Master's degree in High Performance and has been coaching for over 20 years. He began working for the Spanish Federation in 2017 and is currently the technical director for snowboard at the RFEDI and responsible for a team, which has achieved a high level of success.。
The Spanish team recently returned from China after participating in the test event on the Olympic Games circuit, and experience Martin described as "different and very tiring."
"It was complicated," he explained. "Going to international events at the moment requires a double effort because of the care you have to take and the sanitary controls in place because of the pandemic. Maybe that was the hardest thing for our athletes in their first contact with China."
However, despite the difficulty the coach was content with the experience.。
"We learned an important lesson and after this experience, we are now better prepared to show that with a lot of effort, we are able to adapt to a global situation that needs both a physical and a mental effort," he concluded, adding that events such as the Winter Olympics should act as a motivation for everyone to work together to try to end the pandemic. Enditem。
Gideon, Sukamuljo secure men's doubles title at 2021 Indonesia Open******
JAKARTA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's pair of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo on Sunday crushed their Japanese counterparts Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi to win the men's doubles title at the 2021 Indonesia Open in Bali.。
The world No. 1 pair beat the Japanese world No. 7 with scores of 21-14, 21-18.。
Their victory represented a measure of revenge after they lost to the Japanese pair in the 2021 Indonesia Masters finals in Bali last week.。
Last year's Indonesia Open was scheduled to be held in the capital Jakarta, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enditem。