The development of elite disability sport in China: A critical review

Zhixun Guan, Hong Fan

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© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This paper examines the use of elite disability sport by the Chinese Government to promote disability sport and to establish a disability culture and social environment in the Republic of China from 1983 to 2012. Bearing in mind that earlier Chinese society did not perceive the international disability movement as an educational process, the paper begins with an interpretation of why elite disability sport received the government’s strong support when it was introduced to China, and considers its policies in the context of the government’s possible political motivations. It then examines the elite disability sport system in order to understand operational practices that were used to achieve success. It is concluded that the support of the government is the key to elite disability sport success. This was especially the case when the China Disabled Persons’ Federation underwent intensive development, maximizing the use of resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-510
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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