The ceremonial reception of the Serbian national team at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo was held today in the Assembly of Belgrade.
Paralympian Dragan Ristic, who won two gold medals in archery, congratulated the athletes on their successes and great fighting spirit.
“The Paralympic Games in Paris are very close, and European and world championships await us. We will fight to bring more medals to Serbia when we return from Paris,” Ristic told those gathered at the reception.
The national team of Serbia won six medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, of which two gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
Both gold medals were won by the shooter Dragan Ristic, who shot a world record of 252.7 rounds in the discipline of air rifle 50 meters, class SH2.
Silver medals were won by Zdravko Savanović in the discipline of air rifle 50 meters, class SH2 and Laslo Šuranji in the discipline of rifle three-barreled in class SH1.
Cone thrower Zeljko Dimitrijevic won silver, while table tennis players Borislava Peric Rankovic and Nada Matic won a bronze medal.
About 4,400 athletes from more than 160 countries took part in these Paralympic Games, competing in 22 sports and 539 disciplines.
The mayor of Belgrade, Zoran Radojicic, told the athletes that they are an example to humanity and Serbia, as much as a man with a strong character and will shows true values.
The head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Emanuel Joffre, stated that Serbia and the EU are proud of the results of the Paralympians and told them that they had done a great job in Tokyo with the won medals and broken records.
“We need to learn an important lesson from you, and that is that when you have a strong enough will, then you can achieve great results,” he emphasized.
Joffre said that 15% of the world’s population consists of people with disabilities, and that despite so many, they face discrimination.
“It is something that must change. It is something that we stand for in the EU. You can make any society better with your abilities and skills,” he pointed out.
The Delegation of the European Union to Serbia was a partner of the Serbian Paralympic Committee.
The next Paralympic Games will be held from August 28 to September 8, 2024, in Paris.
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