Fighting through the darkness

By SHI FUTIAN | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-05-22 09:48
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China's finest visually impaired para judokas showcase their extraordinary skills at national championships

Li Peng (left) and Li Yanchen fight for gold in the men's +90kg J2 final at the national para judo championships last week. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY

With no clear sight of their opponents, the astonishing precision, power, passion and persistence of visually impaired para judokas is truly something to behold.

Last week's national para judo championships in Beijing showcased these warriors' extraordinary feats of athleticism and skill. As well as serving up pulsating action, the championships glue this sporting community together, with judokas from across the nation forming close bonds and lasting friendships through the event.

Among the 135 competitors was 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medalist Li Liqing, who won the women's — 48kg title. Despite being a veteran of the sport, Li Liqing is still pushing her limits on the mat.

"Winning a national title was actually not so hard for me, as I have been practicing para judo for over a decade. I'm a very experienced veteran, but I certainly noticed the superb performances of a number of young athletes here. With these youngsters on the rise, our sport has a bright future," Li Liqing told China Daily.

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