At one o’clock on September 6, the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games was seven full hours away, but the 2,400 volunteers were “combat” ready. As the clock ticktocked to eight sharp, the Bird’s Nest came astir once again, with guests arriving from all over the world.
The opening ceremony was a dazzling success for sure. So was the volunteers’ Day One service for the games. Thanks to their immaculate relay of effort, the disabled spectators enjoyed the evening’s extravaganza barrier-free. The volunteers, 90 percent whom had served the Olympic opening ceremony a month ago, showed utmost caution and care as they went about their tasks on hand. “Many spectators were supposed to have difficulty in getting around. Therefore we should be more patient, and more understanding,” one of them said.