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The History and Evolution of the Paralympic GamesThe History and Evolution of the Paralympic Games

The History and Evolution of the Paralympic Games

Taking place every four years in the same host city as the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games have grown into one of the world’s largest sports events with a unique track record of challenging deep-rooted beliefs about disability and acting as a catalyst for changing the approach to social inclusion in the countries where the Games are held. They showcase everything that more popular sports offer: speed, strength, precision, hard work, dedication, teamwork and determination – all in forms that are not as familiar to most of us. Learn more เยี่ยมชม UFAMOBILE บน

The History and Evolution of the Paralympic Games

The Paralympic movement developed from sports competitions first organised by Dr Ludwig Guttmann at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England in 1948. The first event was an archery competition for injured British Second World War veterans with spinal cord injuries – 16 athletes took part, including two women. The event happened to coincide with the opening of the London Olympic Games and this was the first time that disabled athletes competed side by side with able-bodied Olympians. By 1952, Dutch competitors joined the British athletes and the international movement known as the Paralympic Movement was born.

It was only in 1968, however, that New Zealand’s athletes began competing at the Paralympics following an Auckland paraplegic athlete’s participation at the British Commonwealth Paralympic Games in Western Australia and at the British Commonwealth Paralympic Games. Since then, the Paralympics have become more prominent and accessible with new classification systems introduced at Tokyo 1964 and in Tel Aviv in 1968 and the introduction of swimming, wheelchair basketball and lawn bowls for the first time in Paralympic history.