May 29, 2008 / 11:45 AM / 9 years ago

Olympics-Guide's disabled descriptions to be amended

BEIJING, May 29 (Reuters) - Organisers of the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games have asked for the volunteer guide for the two events in Beijing to be amended after it used phrases like “unusual personalities” to describe the disabled.

“We have asked the authors to revise it,” Zhang Qiuping, director of the Paralympic Games department of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games told reporters on Thursday.

“The purpose of the guide is to provide a better service for people with disabilities.”

The guide for the thousands of volunteers who will be working at the Aug. 8-24 Summer Games and the Sept. 6-17 Paralympics says: ”Often optically disabled people are introverted.

“Usually physically disabled people have only body disabilities but no notable mental disfigurement ... but they might have unusual personalities because of disfigurement and disability.”

(Take a look at the Countdown to Beijing blog at blogs.reuters.com/china)

Reporting by Liu Zhen; Editing by Tony Jimenez

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