Fighting through the darkness

By SHI FUTIAN | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-05-22 09:48
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Para judo has also changed the life of Li Peng, who won the men's+90kg J2 level gold last Tuesday at the nationals.

"Picking up para judo has broadened my horizons. I have seen a much bigger world and it has boosted my confidence. Before I took up this sport, I spent most days at school and then at work. I knew very few people, but para judo has allowed me to integrate a lot more in society," the 32-year-old told China Daily.

Li Peng admits that he initially found the sport intimidating when he was introduced to it back in 2009.

"When I first heard the sound of an athlete being thrown on the mat, of course I was scared. I was afraid that I could break my arms or legs. But after training, I learned how to protect myself and my opponents," said Li Peng.

"Actually, I know most of the opponents here. We have been competing for many years, so we've learned from each other and also cheer for each other. We are all great friends."

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