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Paralympics

[per′əlim′piks]
Etymology: paraplegic + Olympics
an international competitive wheelchair sports event, usually held in association with the official quadrennial Olympic Games. Also called ParaOlympics.
An international multi-sport event in which participants are elite athletes with physical or visual impairments including paraplegia and quadriplegia, amputations, and cerebral palsy

Paralympics

Sports medicine An international sports competition in which participants are elite athletes with physical or visual impairments, representing 4 intl federations for the blind, paraplegics and quadriplegics, amputees, people with cerebral palsy. Cf Special Olympics.

paralympics

the competitive events regularly held 'parallel to the Olympics' for disabled sportspeople. In the late 1940s Ludwig Guttmann, medical director of the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit, who had made wheelchair games a feature of rehabilitation, initiated competitive events in archery, netball and table tennis for his paraplegic patients. In 1952 he invited a small Dutch team to join in the local games, and this first international event led to his inauguration of the paralympics in Rome in 1960, with 400 wheelchair athletes. By 2004 successive occasions had extended the range of disabilities included, and there were 19 events for 4000 participants from 136 countries. See also spinal injury.
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The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, funded by the Nippon Foundation, was established to create a strong foundation for the Paralympic sports associations and to help raise awareness for the Paralympic Games.
So basically, we are splitting our work for better functioning," Emirati Al Rashed said on the sidelines of the 1st Asian National Paralympic Gathering 2015 hosted by the UAE Paralympic Committee at the capital's Yas Viceroy Hotel.
Liberty Mutual's new agreement with the three-time Paralympic gold medal-winning national team will feature USA Wheelchair Rugby athletes in a series of Liberty Mutual speaking engagement and promotional appearances, as well as well as branding within all USA Wheelchair Rugby-controlled national team matches and on the squad's uniforms.
The free event, organised by the British Paralympic Association (BPA), was to provide more information and have-a-go opportunities across a range of sports, and to build on the successes of the Paralympics GB team at London 2012.
Hosted by the British Paralympic Association (BPA), Sports Fest is a free event which provides the opportunity to fans across the region to "meet the medallists, try the sports, get inspired".
He noted that in preparation for XV Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the focus will be on swimming and athletics.
They helped to raise much-needed funds for the British Paralympic Association, the charity responsible for taking the British team to compete at the Paralympic Games which works hard to promote Paralympic and disability sport across the country.
And Devine, who was present during Liverpool's celebration of National Paralympic Day on Saturday, insists he'll indeed be back to his best in no time and is targeting the 1500m and 5000m.
The uplifting and colorful ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games.
The One Year On Paralympic Legacy event tomorrow is a partnership project between Cardiff council, Disability Sport Wales and Cardiff City Football Club.
The-43-year-old has admitted competing at a second Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 is unrealistic.
HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, the Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee (centre) poses with Qatar Paralympic team after felicitating them for their success in the 8th GCC Paralympic Championship 2013 held at the Khalifa International Stadium.