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IPC Apologizes for Error in President’s Speech at Beijing Games

Andrew Parsons speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

Andrew Parsons speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

Photographer: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee apologized for a mistake its chief made in addressing Chinese President Xi Jinping during his speech at the opening ceremony of Beijing Paralympics on Friday.

Footage of the ceremony showed IPC President Andrew Parsons referring to Xi as president of the Republic of China in his speech, which usually refers to Taiwan. China is known as the People’s Republic of China.