The 10th National Youth Para Games will be held for 4 days from May 17 to 20 at 16 different competition venues in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Korea. Hosted by Korea Paralympic Committee(KPC) and organized by Gangwon Province, Gangwon-do Office of Education and Gangwon Sports Association for the Disabled(GWSAD), around 3,000 people including 1,640 student athletes from 17 different elementary, middle, high schools and 1,360 officials will be participating in 15 Sports. The Opening Ceremony of the Games will be held in Gangneung-Wonju National University on May 17 at 15:40.
The Togliatti Open ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tournament was held in Togliatti, Russia from May 6 to 9, 2016. Hosted by the International Tennis Federation and organized by the Samara Tennis Club a total of 7 Korean national athletes participated at this tournament. Sangho Oh and Hagel Lee won the Men Doubles and for Men Singles Hagel Lee reached the semifinals while Sangho Oh and Howon Lim reached the quarterfinals. For Women Doubles Juyoun Park and Myunghee Hwang reached the semifinals and for Women Singles JuYoun Park ended up in second place. The result from the tournament will be reflected at the World Raking Points which will determine the qualifications for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
On April 30, the 24th Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon was held at the Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium area. Around 3,000 athletes from 16 different countries participated at this event. Among many participating athletes from Korea, Seokman Hong came in first with a record of 1 hour 29 minutes 34 seconds and was followed by Kihak Lee and Hyundae Yoo. For the Half Marathon event, Dongho Jung claimed first place with a record of 48 minutes 22 seconds and for hand cycle half marathon event Yongki Kim (Men, H1~3) and Seungmi Lee came in first.
Especially, the 5km non-competitive event where both athletes with and without impairments took part turned into a festival of bringing harmony and unity.
Mr. Gwanghwan Kim, the chairman of the Organizing Committee of Seoul International Marathon Competition, commented “The Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon is a festival that unites world top elite wheelchair marathoners and the general public. I am also very pleased to see participants striving hard to achieve social inclusion by breaking the barrier towards people with impairments."